LINGUIST List 31.3834

Fri Dec 11 2020

Books: Relational Adjectives in Romance and English: Moreno

Editor for this issue: Jeremy Coburn <>

Date: 10-Dec-2020
From: Rachel Tonkin <>
Subject: Relational Adjectives in Romance and English: Moreno
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Title: Relational Adjectives in Romance and English
Subtitle: Mismatches at Interfaces
Published: 2020
Publisher: Cambridge University Press

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Author: Mihaela Marchis Moreno
Paperback: ISBN: 9781108407557 Pages: Price: U.S. $ 31.99
Paperback: ISBN: 9781108407557 Pages: Price: U.K. £ 23.99
Paperback: ISBN: 9781108407557 Pages: Price: Europe EURO 28.00

Editor's note: Now in Paperback

In both Romance and English literature, relational adjectives have received special attention due to their apparently idiosyncratic behaviour, as both nouns and adjectives at the same time. Stepping away from the usual analyses that concentrates generally on their noun-like properties, this pioneer work explains their peculiar behaviour that has so far represented a challenge for current morphological theories. Mihaela Marchis Moreno takes an empirical approach to their distribution, and the syntactic and semantic conditions that govern their use. Drawing upon key findings from previous literature she proposes a new model of how relational adjectives work both cross-linguistically, and across the various interfaces of language.

1. Introduction; 2. What does morphology learn from relational adjectives?; 3. Ontological semantics: qualifying vs relational adjectives; 4. A classification of relational adjectives across languages; 5. The morpho-syntactic analysis of relational adjectives; 6. The syntax of thematic adjectives; 7. Deverbal nominalizations; 8. Thematic adjectives and nominalizations; 9. The syntax of classificatory adjectives; 10. Relational adjectives as compounding; 11. Conclusions and questions for future research.

Linguistic Field(s): Syntax

Subject Language(s): English (eng)
Language Family(ies): Romance

Written In: English (eng)

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