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Title: Adjectives, Number and Interfaces
Subtitle: Why Languages Vary
Written By: Denis Bouchard
Series Title: North-Holland Linguistic Series: Linguistic Variations, 61

* Imprint: NORTH HOLLAND *

This study explains why languages vary the way they do in the domain of adjectival modification in French as contrasted with other Indo-European languages.

The author rejects previous well known analyses in terms of syntactic movement to various functional heads and proposes a model in which external properties of interfaces are the foundations from which the variation is derived.

Limiting severely the technical apparatus of syntax, the author argues that the properties of Number at the interfaces are shown to provide a simple and precise solution for longstanding problems of compositionality raised by adjectival modification. There is also a unified analysis of the many other properties involved. The model provides a principled explanation of the variation concerning nominals without determiners (Bare NPs) and determiners without nominals (clitics).

Publication Year: 2002
Publisher: Elsevier Ltd
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Linguistic Field(s): Syntax
Anthropological Linguistics
Subject Language(s): French
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 008044055X
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: 460
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