By Dorian Roehrs
Written within the cartographic culture, this monograph is worried with the internal constitution and derivation of noun words. It proposes that demonstratives and yes articles are just like auxiliaries within the clause. Referencing typically Germanic languages, the booklet argues that determiners are base generated lower than adjectives and for this reason stream to the left outer edge in a successive-cyclic model. Demonstrating that determiners are advanced components, it's proposed that languages differ with reference to whilst and what a part of the determiner they stream. this offers a singular account of the adaptation within the Scandinavian noun word. With quite a few copies left at the back of by way of relocating the determiner, the restrictive and non-restrictive readings of adjectives and relative clauses are prompt to keep on with from the translation of those diversified copies. The process is prolonged to the robust and susceptible adjective inflections in German. offering that determiners are auxiliaries within the nominal area explains those it appears unrelated information in a uniform manner.
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Consequently, it is harder to find evidence for a lower position from these light elements. However, if articles are suffixes, then, due to categorial restrictions, these determiners may appear in lower positions. Of particular interest here are the Scandinavian languages, where suffixal determiners usually attach to nouns (but see Julien 2005: 63–4 for some exceptions in this regard). This low position can be illustrated with Modern Icelandic as well as with Norwegian and Swedish. The latter two languages have both a suffixed and a free-standing determiner, which I will refer to as the “Double Definiteness effect”:2 (3) a.
55) (for ordering restrictions on adjectives, see Sproat & Shih 1991; Scott 2002; Julien 2005: 9; Svenonius 2007). I will, for the most part, stay agnostic about these other types of adjectives. 20. English, for instance, is different here: predicates of this type take an obligatory determiner (Stowell 1991) and proper names do not allow a determiner. Introduction However, when modified, the determiner becomes obligatory (the adjective arm ‘poor’ in (34b) is to be interpreted with its “non-restrictive” meaning, cf.
I assume that determiners are 9. ) points out to me that Chomsky’s intention was to rule out all adjunction to arguments (for some evidence, see Bošković 2004: 691 fn. 12). 10. Furthermore, there is some indication that (some of) the modern Scandinavian languages do not have split DPs. For instance, as discussed by Grohmann & Haegeman (2003), Norwegian, unlike West Flemish, does not allow noun phrase-internal left dislocation or possessor-related Quantifier Float. If this also holds for the older varieties, then there would not be a split DP to begin with.