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 has presented a cross-linguistic overview of the constituents that together make up the integral noun phrase (NP). Most NP constituents were discussed in some detail, including articles, demonstratives, numerals, adjectives, nouns, adnominal possessor constructions, and relative clauses. The discussion is mainly restricted to lexical NPs which are headed by an underived noun and which are used to refer to a single, discrete, first order (that is, spatial) entity. The immediate referent of an NP is not an entity in the real world, but rather a mental construct, whose properties need not coincide with the properties of its ontological correlate in the external world (if it exists). The various chapters touched on topics such as Seinsarten, nominal classification, qualifying modifiers, quantifying modifiers, localising modifiers, the underlying structure of noun phrases, and NP internal syntax.

Keywords: noun phrase; Seinsarten; nominal classification; syntax; localising modifiers; quantifying modifiers; qualifying modifiers; relative clauses; adjectives

Chapter.  5758 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Semantics

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