By D. Bouchard
A learn of why languages range the way in which they do within the area of adjectival amendment in French as contrasted with different Indo-European languages (English, Celtic, Walloon, Romanian, Italian). Rejecting prior famous analyses when it comes to syntactic move to numerous sensible heads, the writer proposes a version within which exterior houses of interfaces are the principles from which the adaptation is derived. restricting seriously the technical gear of syntax, the writer argues that the houses of quantity on the interfaces are proven to supply an easy and specified answer for longstanding difficulties of compositionality raised through adjectival amendment. there's additionally a unified research of the numerous different homes concerned. The version presents a principled clarification of the difference pertaining to nominals with out determiners (bare NPs) and determiners with out nominals (clitics).
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Yet in many cases, the linear order of the two ADJs with respect to one another is the same in both languages (this is an oversimplification, as we will see later). (21) a b un gros ballon rouge a big red ball This has led linguists to propose that French and English have the same underlying structure (the one with prenominal adjectives that surfaces in English), and that N bears a feature [+F] that must be checked. In these systems, features are assumed to need "checking" in functional categories.
57). The meaning differences for an adjective in prenominal and postnominal position have been described in similar terms from the earliest studies (see references in Waugh 1977). More recently, Kamp (1975: 153) says that a prenominal qualitative adjective "contribute[s] to the delineation of the (class of) objects that the complex NP of which it is part is designed to pick out" while a post-nominal adjective "help[s] to determine the particular individual which is the intended referent of the description in which the adjective occurs" (See also Bolinger (1967) who says that prenominal adjectives delineate the reference of the expression, while postnominal adjectives delineate the referent of the expression).
The meaning of a complex expression consisting of an N modified by an ADJ is made to be a function of the meaning of the parts of the expression and of their syntactic mode of combination by attributing different types of meanings to each subclass of adjective, with each subclass being attributed its own interpretive rule to combine the semantics of the ADJ with the semantics of the N. Many analyses correlate these different classes of ADJs with different underlying syntactic relations with the N.
Adjectives, Number and Interfaces (North-Holland Linguistic Series: Linguistic Variations) by D. Bouchard