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Localizing Modifiers in the Noun Phrase

J. Rijkhoff

in The Noun Phrase

Published in print July 2002 | ISBN: 9780198237822
Published online January 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780191706776 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198237822.003.0006

Series: Oxford Studies in Typology and Linguistic Theory

Localizing Modifiers in the Noun Phrase

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This chapter is concerned with the third major modifier category in the noun phrase (NP), localising operators and localising satellites, which relate to locative properties of the referent of the matrix NP. Examples of localising operators in NP are demonstrative pronouns and (in)definite articles, while examples of localising satellites are (localising/identifying) relative clause, possessive modifier, and locative modifier. Each of these constituents typically indicates that the referent of an NP has a place in the world of discourse (or that this place can be inferred). The grammatical expression of the notion location in the NP is discussed by focusing on demonstratives and articles, along with possessive modifiers, adpositional modifiers, and relative clauses.

Keywords: noun phrase; localising operators; localising satellites; demonstrative pronouns; articles; relative clauses; locative modifiers; location; adpositional modifiers; possessive modifiers

Chapter.  14492 words. 

Subjects: Semantics

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