The Underlying Structure of Noun Phrases

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

The Underlying Structure of Noun Phrases

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This chapter presents a new underlying structure for noun phrases and argues that the noun phrase and the clause can essentially be analysed in a similar fashion and that at some level of abstraction they can be said to share the same grammatical and lexical modifier categories. Morpho-syntactic manifestations of quantity, quality, and location at the level of the clause are examined, accounting for grammatical expressions of these three notions. Instances of qualifying, quantifying, and localising modification in the domain of the noun phrase are considered. The chapter also discusses symmetrical relations in the underlying structure of noun phrases and sentences, and shows how the underlying structure of the noun phrase can be integrated in a general theory of grammar, in particular Simon Dik's theory of Functional Grammar.

Keywords: noun phrase; clause; quantity; quality; location; sentences; Simon Dik; grammatical expressions; symmetrical relations

Chapter.  10060 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Semantics

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