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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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(p.195) 8 Conclusion
The Architecture of Determiners

Thomas Leu

Oxford University Press

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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