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Title: The English Noun Phrase
Subtitle: The Nature of Linguistic Categorization
Written By: Evelien Keizer
Description:

English has an interesting variety of noun phrases, which differ greatly in
structure. Examples are 'binominal' (two-noun) phrases ('a beast of a
party'); possessive constructions ('the author's opinion'); and
discontinuous noun phrases ('the review [came out yesterday] of his
book'). How are these different noun phrases structured? How do we produce
and understand them? These questions are central to this 2007 study, which
explores the interaction between the form of noun phrases, their meaning,
and their use. It shows how, despite the need in linguistic analysis for
strict categories, many linguistic constructions in fact defy
straightforward classification - and concludes that in order to fully
explain the internal structure of utterances, we must first consider the
communicative, pragmatic and cognitive factors that come into play. Drawing
on a range of authentic examples, this book sheds light not only on the
noun phrase itself but also the nature of linguistic classification.

Publication Year: 2010
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics
Pragmatics
Syntax
Cognitive Science
Subject Language(s): English
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780521183956
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