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The Noun Phrase
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The Noun Phrase

Jan Rijkhoff


This book investigates noun phrases in a representative sample of the world's 6,000 or so languages and proposes a semantic model to describe their underlying structure in any natural language. It examines the semantic and morpho-syntactic properties of the constituents of noun phrases. In doing so, it shows that the noun phrase word order patterns of any human language can be derived from three universal ordering principles and, furthermore, that these are all elaborations of one general iconic principle, according to which, elements that belong together semantically tend to occur together sy ... More

Keywords: noun phrase, semantic model, word order, semantic hierarchy, noun modifiers, semantic structure, nominal aspect, semantics, adjectives, Seinsart

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2002 Print ISBN-13: 9780198237822
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198237822.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jan Rijkhoff, author
Associate Professor, Department of Linguistics, University of Aarhus, Denmark
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