LINGUIST List 4.570

Mon 26 Jul 1993

FYI: Request for information: Universal Claims about NP's

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  1. Simon Kirby, Request: Universal Claims (noun phrase)

Message 1: Request: Universal Claims (noun phrase)

Date: Mon, 19 Jul 93 15:05:23 BSRequest: Universal Claims (noun phrase)
From: Simon Kirby <>
Subject: Request: Universal Claims (noun phrase)

EUROTYP project: an Inventory of Noun Phrase Universals

Request for universals:

The noun phrase group of the EUROTYP project is attempting to set up a
database of universal claims made in the linguistic literature
relating to the internal structure of the noun phrase. The aim is to
provide the academic community with an inventory of any postulated
universals in order to aid research. The database will be a
bibliographic rather than scientific inventory in that a claim need
not be fully justified in order to be included. In other words, we are
aiming for bibliographic completeness rather than correctness.

We are therefore making a request for information on any postulated
universals that relate to internal noun phrase structure. Each final
inventory entry will include, where relevant:

 - a reference to the source of the universal (and any other relevant

 - a name for and statement of the universal (formal or prose),

 - a list of any languages that are problematic or falsify the
 claimed universal,

 - a brief comment pointing to other relevant work, possible
 explanations for the universal, or clarificatory remarks.

The database will also include a keyword/classification system in order
to enable the user to search for relevant universals.

If you are aware of any claimed noun phrase universals in the literature
or have any queries or suggestions relating to this project, then please
e-mail or write to the address below.

Thank you in advance,
 Simon Kirby

(Please circulate this message among your colleagues.)


Address: Simon Kirby, Noun Phrase Inventory
 Department of Linguistics
 The University of Edinburgh
 Adam Ferguson Building
 George Square
 Edinburgh EH8 9LL
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