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Title: From NP to DP
Subtitle: Volume 1: The syntax and semantics of noun phrases
Edited By: Martine Coene
Yves D'hulst
URL: http://www.benjamins.nl/cgi-bin/t_bookview.cgi?bookid=LA_55
Series Title: Linguistik Aktuell/Linguistics Today 55

This is the first of a two-volume selection of refereed and revised papers, originally presented at the international conference From NP to DP at the University of Antwerp. The papers address issues in the syntax and semantics of the noun phrase, in particular the so-called DP-hypothesis which takes noun phrases to be headed by a functional head D(eterminer). The major concerns can be grouped around 3 subthemes: the internal syntax of noun phrases, the syntax and semantics of bare nouns and indefinites and the expression of measurement in noun phrases. The wealth of data coming from over 40 different languages combined with a thorough introduction to the current issues in the field of NPs/DPs and some alternative syntactic and semantic analyses, provide a comprehensive reference work from both a descriptive and a theoretical point of view. The second volume is concerned exclusively with the expression of possession in noun phrases.

Table of contents

Introduction: The syntax and semantics of noun phrases: Theoretical background
Martine Coene and Yves D'hulst 1–33
Introduction: Case studies
Martine Coene and Yves D'hulst 35–46
1. Determiner Phrases in Old and Modern French
Paul Boucher 47–69
2. On pro-nouns and other “pronouns”
Rose-Marie Déchaine and Martina Wiltschko 71–89
3. Modification in the Balkan nominal expression: An account of the (A)NA : AN(A) order contrast
Mila Dimitrova-Vulchanova 91–118
4. Subnominal empty categories as subordinate topics
Petra Sleeman 119–137
5. ‘Transparent’ free relatives as a special instance of ‘standard’ free relatives
Alexander Grosu 139–178
6. Resolving number ambiguities in Sakha: Evidence for the Determiner Phrase as a processing domain
Edith Kaan and Nadezhda Vinokurova 179–193
7. Weak indefinites
Greg Carlson 195–210
8. Predicate–argument mismatches and the Adjectival Theory of indefinites
Fred Landman 211–237
9. Determinerless nouns: A parametric mapping theory
Giuseppe Longobardi 239–254
10. A Russellian interpretation of measure nouns
Almerindo E. Ojeda 255–276
11. Generalizing over quantitative and qualitative constructions
Jenny Doetjes and Johan Rooryck 277–295
12. On three types of movement within the Dutch nominal domain
Norbert Corver 297–328
13. Semi-lexical nouns, classifiers, and the interpretation(s) of the pseudopartitive construction
Melita Stavrou 329–353
Index of languages 355
Index of subjects 356–359

Publication Year: 2003
Publisher: John Benjamins
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Linguistic Field(s): Semantics
Generative Linguistics
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9027227764
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: vi, 362 pp.
Prices: EUR 115.00
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ISBN: 1588113019
ISBN-13: 9781588113016
Pages: vi, 362 pp.
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