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Title: The Syntax of Adjectives
Subtitle: A Comparative Study
Written By: Guglielmo Cinque
Series Title: Linguistic Inquiry Monographs

In "The Syntax of Adjectives", Guglielmo Cinque offers cross-linguistic
evidence that adjectives have two sources. Arguing against the standard
view, and reconsidering his own earlier analysis, Cinque proposes that
adjectives enter the nominal phase either as "adverbial" modifiers to the
noun or as predicates of reduced relative clauses. Some of his evidence
comes from a systematic comparison between Romance and Germanic languages.
These two language families differ with respect to the canonical position
taken by adjectives, which is prenominal in Germanic and both pre- and
postnominal in Romance. Cinque shows that a simple N(oun)-raising analysis
encounters a number of problems, the primary one of which is its inability
to express a fundamental generalization governing the interpretation of
pre- and postnominal adjectives in the two language families. Cinque argues
that N-raising as such should be abandoned in favor of XP-raising--a
conclusion also supported by evidence from other language families.

After developing this framework for analyzing the syntax of adjectives,
Cinque applies it to the syntax of English and Italian adjectives. An
appendix offers a brief discussion of other languages that appear to
distinguish overtly between the two sources of adjectives.

Publication Year: 2010
Publisher: MIT Press
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Linguistic Field(s): Syntax
Subject Language(s): English
Language Family(ies): Germanic
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 0262014165
ISBN-13: 9780262014168
Pages: 218
Prices: U.S. $ 70

Format: Paperback
ISBN: 0262514265
ISBN-13: 9780262514262
Pages: 218
Prices: U.S. $ 35