Chapter

The Syntax of Noun Phrases

Enoch Oladé Aboh

in The Morphosyntax of Complement-Head Sequences

Published in print January 2004 | ISBN: 9780195159905
Published online September 2007 | e-ISBN: 9780199788125 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195159905.003.0003

Series: Oxford Studies in Comparative Syntax

 The Syntax of Noun Phrases

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This chapter investigates the Gungbe nominal system. Based on the head-initial hypothesis, it proposes an analysis of the Gungbe D-system, where the specificity marker encodes D° and the number marker realizes Num°. Under the split-D hypothesis, it is suggested that these two functional heads project within the D-system as the nominal left periphery. Like certain Gungbe left peripheral markers, the specificity and number markers occur to the right edge because they force movement on their complement to their specifier positions.

Keywords: Gungbe nominal system; Gungbe D-system; syntax; nominal expression

Chapter.  16482 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Grammar, Syntax and Morphology

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