Number within the DP: A View from Oceanic

Elizabeth Pearce

in Functional Heads

Published in print June 2012 | ISBN: 9780199746736
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199949519 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Studies in Comparative Syntax

Number within the DP: A View from Oceanic

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This chapter addresses some questions about the syntax of free-standing number particles that are present in DPs in Oceanic languages. The data surveyed come from three Southern Oceanic languages (Unua, Ninde, and Iaai) and from two Eastern Polynesian languages (Tahitian and C[ook] I[slands] M ā ori). It is proposed that the Oceanic data provides evidence for the presence of a functional projection located below D and that the head of this projection can be the target for the raising of a Number particle from the head of a lower Numb[er]P.

Keywords: syntax; free-standing number particles; DP; Oceanic languages; functional projection

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Subjects: Grammar, Syntax and Morphology

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