The Noun Phrase

Hardcover | July 1, 2002

byJan Rijkhoff

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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. Indoing 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 occurtogether syntactically. Professor Rijkhoff analyses the noun phrase as a semantic hierarchy which accommodates four noun modifiers relating to quality, quantity, location, and discourse. Noun phrases and sentences can be similarly analysed, he argues, because they have the same underlying semantic structure thataccommodates the same kind of modifier categories. He introduces the notion of Seinsart or 'mode of being' as the nominal counterpart of Aktionsart 'mode of action' in verb semantics. He proposes a new grammatical category of nominal aspect and an implicational universal concerning the occurrence ofadjectives as a major word class in the part-of-speech system of a language. The book is clearly organized, easily accessible, and assumes no knowledge of a particular formal or functional theory. It will interest linguists and students of linguistics of all theoretical persuasions, as well as students of the cognitive sciences and anthropology.

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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. Indoing so it shows that the noun phrase word ord...

Jan Rijkhoff is an Associate Professor in the Department of Linguistics, University of Aarhus, Denmark. Upon gaining his Ph.D. from the University of Amsterdam (1992), he was appointed as a senior researcher at the same institution before going on to become Humboldt Research Fellow at the University of Konstanz in Germany (1995). Fro...
Format:HardcoverDimensions:428 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 1.14 inPublished:July 1, 2002Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198237820

ISBN - 13:9780198237822

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Table of Contents

1. Preliminaries2. Nominal Subcategories: Seinsarten3. Nouns: Real and Apparent Nominal Subclasses4. Qualifying Modifiers in the Noun Phrase5. Quantifying Modifiers in the Noun Phrase6. Localizing Modifiers in the Noun Phrase7. The Underlying Structure of Noun Phrases8. Ordering Principles, Domain Integrity, and Discontinuity9. Greenbergian Word Order Correlations and the Principle of Head Proximity10. The Principle of Scope11. Epilogue