Publishing Partner: Cambridge University Press CUP Extra Publisher Login

The LINGUIST List is dedicated to providing information on language and language analysis, and to providing the discipline of linguistics with the infrastructure necessary to function in the digital world. LINGUIST is a free resource, run by linguistics students and faculty, and supported by your donations. Please support LINGUIST List during the 2017 Fund Drive.

Ask-A-Linguist Message Details

Subject: Syntax - sentence structure nominals - tree diagram
Question: Dear Sir or Madame, this year I started studying linguistics at university. Our new topic is the sentence structure, we have to look for some examples from advertising and I found the sentence ''Probably the best beer in the world'' from Carlsberg. Now I tried to get the tree diagram for this nominal sentence but I had some problems drawing it due to the fact that it is a new field of linguistics I'm dealing with. I was wondering whether you could help me to find the correct tree diagram structure? The HEAD is obviously the beer and the PP is ''in the world'' which build the N' and than the N' forms the NP with a DP (empty?) followed by another NP formed with the first NP and the Adjective ''the best'' (?) and than we have the D' formed by the second NP and the D (empty category?) after that the DP follows (D'+DP =DP) but I couldn't make out whats the DP and than the whole sentence is defined by the Adverb ''Probably'' which forms the last DP with the first DP. But where is the Moving feature? the empty category? Obviously I need help with this sentence. I would appreciate it if you could help me. Many regards Juliane
From: Juliane
Date: 13-Nov-2013
  1. Re: Syntax - sentence structure nominals - tree diagram    Elizabeth J Pyatt     (14-Nov-2013)
  2. Re: Syntax - sentence structure nominals - tree diagram    Geoffrey Richard Sampson     (14-Nov-2013)
  3. Re: Syntax - sentence structure nominals - tree diagram    Nancy J. Frishberg     (13-Nov-2013)

Back to Most Recent Questions