Adjective ordering restrictions: exploring relevant semantic notions for syntactic ordering

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Title:
Adjective ordering restrictions: exploring relevant semantic notions for syntactic ordering
Author:
McKinney-Bock, Katy
Affiliation:
University of Southern California
Publisher:
University of Arizona Linguistics Circle
Journal:
Coyote Papers
Issue Date:
2010
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10150/104642
Abstract:
I propose that ordering restrictions among adjectives (e.g., the big gray poodle) are driven by the covert syntactic complexity of the adjectival projections. The more complex the projection containing the adjective, the higher in the structure it must merge. Intersective adjectives (gray) merge with the NP, and non-intersective adjectives (big) merge also with a covert for-PP that contains a copy of the NP. This differs from the usual approaches to adjective ordering, which turn to fine-grained semantic subclasses (e.g. height, length, color) or functional heads in the DP to explain adjective ordering restrictions.
Type:
text; Article
Language:
en_US
ISSN:
0894-4539

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dc.contributor.authorMcKinney-Bock, Katyen_US
dc.date.accessioned2010-06-10T16:58:45Z-
dc.date.available2010-06-10T16:58:45Z-
dc.date.issued2010-
dc.identifier.issn0894-4539-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10150/104642-
dc.description.abstractI propose that ordering restrictions among adjectives (e.g., the big gray poodle) are driven by the covert syntactic complexity of the adjectival projections. The more complex the projection containing the adjective, the higher in the structure it must merge. Intersective adjectives (gray) merge with the NP, and non-intersective adjectives (big) merge also with a covert for-PP that contains a copy of the NP. This differs from the usual approaches to adjective ordering, which turn to fine-grained semantic subclasses (e.g. height, length, color) or functional heads in the DP to explain adjective ordering restrictions.en_US
dc.language.isoen_USen_US
dc.publisherUniversity of Arizona Linguistics Circleen_US
dc.titleAdjective ordering restrictions: exploring relevant semantic notions for syntactic ordering-
dc.typetexten_US
dc.typeArticleen_US
dc.contributor.departmentUniversity of Southern Californiaen_US
dc.identifier.journalCoyote Papersen_US
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