The Positions of Adjectives in English

Hardcover | January 18, 2015

byP. H. Matthews

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This book explores the uses of adjectives in different constructions, and of the problems that arise in their analysis, both in terms of syntactic theory and philosophy of grammar. Professor Matthews also examines a variety of other issues relating to individual adjective positions, includingthe basic structure of noun phrases and the justification for binary constituents; the status of the copular and its uses in the progressive; the indeterminacy of what were once described as raised constructions; and the function of postmodifying adjectives and adjective phrases in relation toothers.The book will be of interest to graduate students and researchers in theoretical and descriptive linguistics, especially those focusing on the history of the English language and lexicology.

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This book explores the uses of adjectives in different constructions, and of the problems that arise in their analysis, both in terms of syntactic theory and philosophy of grammar. Professor Matthews also examines a variety of other issues relating to individual adjective positions, includingthe basic structure of noun phrases and the ...

P. H. Matthews is Emeritus Professor of Linguistics at the University of Cambridge, and a Fellow of St John's College, Cambridge. He has formerly held positions at Bangor University and the University of Reading, and has been an Honorary Member of the Linguistic Society of America since 1994. His many books include The Concise Oxford ...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:288 pagesPublished:January 18, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199681597

ISBN - 13:9780199681594

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction2. Which words are adjectives?3. Can one position be primary?4. How the syntax of adjectives has changed5. Modifiers and determiners6. Relations between premodifiers7. Linear and layered dependency8. Adjectives in extended predicative positions9. States and occurrences10. The positions of premodifiers11. Envoi