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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 sensible heads and labels buildings exocentrically. His concept at the same time simplifies the syntactic process 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 process has a few empirical effects, which Adger explores within the area of relational nominals throughout varied 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 that means a relation among components -- is admittedly a part of the syntactic illustration during which they're used instead of an inherent a part of their that means. This empirical consequence follows at once from the hot syntactic method, as does a singular research of PP enhances to nouns and possessors. Given this, he argues that nouns can, normally, be regarded as easily requirements of substance, differentiating them from actual predicates. A Syntax of Substance bargains an leading edge contribution to debates in theoretical syntax concerning the nature of syntactic representations and the way they connect with semantic interpretation and linear order.

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