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Academic Paper

Title: Associative adjectives in English and the lexicon–syntax interface
Author: Heinz J. Giegerich
Institution: University of Edinburgh
Linguistic Field: Syntax
Subject Language: English
Abstract: This article argues that of English adjective–noun constructions involving associative adjectives ('associative AdjNs'), some originate in the lexicon and others in the syntax. While in many cases such constructions are unambiguously and for identifiable reasons located on one side or the other of the lexicon–syntax 'divide', variation being possible only across speakers, a range of associative AdjNs is identified which must be simultaneously, and for the same speakers, of both lexical and syntactic provenance. There is therefore no lexicon–syntax 'divide': the two modules overlap.


This article appears IN Journal of Linguistics Vol. 41, Issue 3.

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