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By David Adger

ISBN-10: 0262018616

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In A Syntax of Substance, David Adger proposes a brand new method of word constitution that eschews useful heads and labels buildings exocentrically. His thought at the same time simplifies the syntactic method and restricts the variety of attainable constructions, ruling out the ever-present (remnant) roll-up derivations and forcing a separation of arguments from their obvious heads. This new procedure has a couple of empirical outcomes, which Adger explores within the area of relational nominals throughout varied language households, together with Germanic, Romance, Celtic, Polynesian, and Semitic. He exhibits that the relationality of such nouns as hand, edge, or mother -- which appear to have as a part of their which means a relation among ingredients -- is admittedly a part of the syntactic illustration during which they're used instead of an inherent a part of their which means. This empirical consequence follows at once from the recent syntactic process, as does a singular research of PP enhances to nouns and possessors. Given this, he argues that nouns can, more often than not, be regarded as easily necessities of substance, differentiating them from real predicates. A Syntax of Substance deals an leading edge contribution to debates in theoretical syntax in regards to the nature of syntactic representations and the way they hook up with semantic interpretation and linear order.

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