J. Rijkhoff

in The Noun Phrase

Published in print July 2002 | ISBN: 9780198237822
Published online January 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780191706776 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Studies in Typology and Linguistic Theory


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This book presents a cross-linguistic account of the constituents of the noun phrase (NP), looks at a typologically formal model of the underlying NP structure that is designed to accommodate NPs from any type of natural language, and discusses word order patterns in NPs as they are attested in the languages of the world. Some general properties of NPs are examined and the three notions that are used to characterise most of the noun modifiers — quality, quantity, and location — are introduced. Central notions as nouns, NPs, and referents are also considered, along with the cross-linguistic variation with respect to the internal semantic structure of the NP.

Keywords: noun phrase; nouns; referents; word order; noun modifiers; quality; quantity; location; semantic structure

Chapter.  11496 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Semantics

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