Which Is the Extended Projection Above N?1

Joseph Emonds

in Functional Heads

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

Series: Oxford Studies in Comparative Syntax

Which Is the Extended Projection Above N?1

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This chapter challenges Abney’s (1987) influential idea that D is the main functional head of the nominal constituent and rethinks old evidence to propose that the highest functional head in the nominal constituent is Q. The consequence of this reasoning is that articles, as well as other determiners, do not necessarily head a projection but can occur in a functional specifier. This proposal is not only relevant to the issue of the nature of the extended nominal projection but also has a general methodological import on the definition of “functional head”.

Keywords: Abney; functional head; nominal constituent; articles; functional specifier

Chapter.  6032 words. 

Subjects: Grammar, Syntax and Morphology

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