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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: I also cannot help with your homework. However, if you can identify the issue that is confusing you, a Google search could turn up similar examples. Alternatively, it sounds like you would have the option to select another example that may be easier for you to diagram. But I would definitely ask about this example in class. It is a good example of how marketing language can be a challenge for linguists.
Reply From: Elizabeth J Pyatt      click here to access email
Date: 14-Nov-2013
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  1. Re: Syntax - sentence structure nominals - tree diagram    Geoffrey Richard Sampson     (14-Nov-2013)
  2. Re: Syntax - sentence structure nominals - tree diagram    Nancy J. Frishberg     (13-Nov-2013)

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