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Sat Mar 07 2009

Books: Syntax: Roehrs

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        1.    Paul Peranteau, Demonstratives and Definite Articles as Nominal Auxiliaries: Roehrs

Message 1: Demonstratives and Definite Articles as Nominal Auxiliaries: Roehrs
Date: 05-Mar-2009
From: Paul Peranteau <paulbenjamins.com>
Subject: Demonstratives and Definite Articles as Nominal Auxiliaries: Roehrs
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Title: Demonstratives and Definite Articles as Nominal Auxiliaries
Series Title: Linguistik Aktuell/Linguistics Today 140
Published: 2009
Publisher: John Benjamins

Book URL: http://www.benjamins.com/cgi-bin/t_bookview.cgi?bookid=LA%20140

Author: Dorian Roehrs
Electronic: ISBN: 9789027289773 Pages: Price: Europe EURO 105.00
Electronic: ISBN: 9789027289773 Pages: Price: U.S. $ 158.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9789027255235 Pages: Price: Europe EURO 105.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9789027255235 Pages: Price: U.S. $ 158.00

Written in the cartographic tradition, this monograph is concerned with the
inner structure and derivation of noun phrases. It proposes that
demonstratives and definite articles are similar to auxiliaries in the
clause. Referencing mostly Germanic languages, the book argues that
determiners are base generated below adjectives and subsequently move to
the left periphery in a successive-cyclic fashion. Demonstrating that
determiners are complex elements, it is proposed that languages vary with
regard to when and what part of the determiner they move. This provides a
novel account of the variation in the Scandinavian noun phrase. With
various copies left behind by moving the determiner, the restrictive and
non-restrictive readings of adjectives and relative clauses are suggested
to follow from the interpretation of these different copies. The system is
extended to the strong and weak adjective inflections in German. Proposing
that determiners are auxiliaries in the nominal domain explains these
apparently unrelated data in a uniform way.

Linguistic Field(s): Generative Linguistics

Written In: English (eng )

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