David Adger's A Syntax of Substance (Linguistic Inquiry Monographs Book PDF

By David Adger

In A Syntax of Substance, David Adger proposes a brand new method of word constitution that eschews sensible heads and labels buildings exocentrically. His suggestion concurrently simplifies the syntactic approach and restricts the variety of attainable constructions, ruling out the ever present (remnant) roll-up derivations and forcing a separation of arguments from their obvious heads. This new procedure has a few empirical outcomes, which Adger explores within the area of relational nominals throughout assorted language households, together with Germanic, Romance, Celtic, Polynesian, and Semitic. He exhibits that the relationality of such nouns as hand, edge, or mother -- which appear to have as a part of their which means a relation among elements -- is admittedly a part of the syntactic illustration during which they're used instead of an inherent a part of their which means. This empirical final result follows at once from the recent syntactic procedure, as does a singular research of PP enhances to nouns and possessors. Given this, he argues that nouns can, commonly, be regarded as easily requisites of substance, differentiating them from real predicates. A Syntax of Substance bargains an leading edge contribution to debates in theoretical syntax concerning the nature of syntactic representations and the way they hook up with semantic interpretation and linear order.

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