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The Positions of Adjectives in English$
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P. H. Matthews

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199681594

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199681594.001.0001

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Relations between premodifiers

Relations between premodifiers

(p.86) (p.87) 6 Relations between premodifiers
The Positions of Adjectives in English

P. H. Matthews

Oxford University Press

Noun phrases are often seen as having a ‘stacked’ or layered structure, in which each dependent forms a separate binary constituent with what follows or precedes it. One complication is that dependents can be coordinated, and there is no simple distinction between the coordination of premodifiers and the formation of sequences for which stacking is positive. Another complication is that relations can develop between successive premodifiers, which do not immediately form a unit of which one is the head. This is often associated with an intonation in which they are more closely linked. These often involve affective uses, which can form part of a gradation between successive adjectives and phrases in which an adjective is modified by an adverb

Keywords:   noun phrase, layered structure, stacking, coordination, gradation

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