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|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|
|Reply:||Juliane, Thanks for writing to us. I have 2 quick comments: 1. "Probably the best beer in the world" is not a sentence (but only a part of a sentence) 2. We don't help with homework questions. If you're stuck, you're probably not the only one in your class who doesn't understand every detail of parsing and tree- diagramming. This is a great opportunity to talk to your professor or teaching assistant about your example - what the relationships are among the words and how they can be represented. (And what the implied rest of the sentence is.) Good luck in your studies...|
|Reply From:||Nancy J. Frishberg click here to access email|