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By David Adger

ISBN-10: 0262018616

ISBN-13: 9780262018616

ISBN-10: 0262518309

ISBN-13: 9780262518307

In A Syntax of Substance, David Adger proposes a brand new method of word constitution that eschews useful heads and labels buildings exocentrically. His notion at the same time simplifies the syntactic procedure and restricts the variety of attainable constructions, ruling out the ever-present (remnant) roll-up derivations and forcing a separation of arguments from their obvious heads. This new method has a few empirical results, which Adger explores within the area of relational nominals throughout assorted language households, together with Germanic, Romance, Celtic, Polynesian, and Semitic. He indicates that the relationality of such nouns as hand, edge, or mother -- which appear to have as a part of their which means a relation among ingredients -- is absolutely a part of the syntactic illustration during which they're used instead of an inherent a part of their that means. This empirical final result follows at once from the hot syntactic process, as does a singular research of PP enhances to nouns and possessors. Given this, he argues that nouns can, often, be considered easily necessities of substance, differentiating them from actual predicates. A Syntax of Substance deals an leading edge contribution to debates in theoretical syntax concerning the nature of syntactic representations and the way they hook up with semantic interpretation and linear order.

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