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The Architecture of Determiners$
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Thomas Leu

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199945238

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199945238.001.0001

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Conclusion

Conclusion

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(p.195) 8 Conclusion
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The Architecture of Determiners
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Thomas Leu

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199945238.003.0008

One general conclusion to be drawn from this work is that the familiar idea that morphematic complexity is syntactically derived extends to function words — i.e., to segmentability inside of closed class items. Another general conclusion is that structural complexity — whether in the clause, in arguments, in modifiers, or in determiners — always follows the same hierarchical architecture of the three-layered extended projection. A third general conclusion is that the grammar may dislike homophony even more than in usually assumed, such that when two things look identical, it — more often than we think — is because they are identical, syntactically! The conclusion chapter sets a few accents.

Keywords:   closed class, determiners, quantifiers, adjectival agreement, syncretism, extended projection, syntax

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