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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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Linear and layered dependency

Linear and layered dependency

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(p.105) 7 Linear and layered dependency
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The Positions of Adjectives in English
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P. H. Matthews

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199681594.003.0007

Do dependents in the noun phrase form a layered structure, in which all constituents are binary? Arguments have been offered for this analysis, which on closer inspection often take their conclusion as a premise. The first part of this chapter argues that as they stand none are at all convincing. The second part explores an alternative analysis in which constituency is reduced to a minimum, units are distinguished by their syntactic functions within a sequence, and any word within a sequence may form a closer relation with those that follow or precede it. This may again be associated with an intonation in which they are linked. Closer relations are also formed, more readily, between dependents and heads

Keywords:   layered structure, stacking, constituency, binarity, dependents and heads, syntactic functions, intonation

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