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Title: Noun-adjective compounds in Gunwinyguan languages
Contributor(s): Baker, Brett (author); Nordlinger, R (author)
Publication Date: 2008
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Abstract: In Gunwinyguan languages (Northern Australia), nouns may incorporate not only into verbs, but also adjectives. These N-Adj compound structures have interpretations identical to those of noun phrases modified by an adjective in English. A consideration of the evidence nevertheless argues that the morphological head of the N-Adj construction is the adjective. We show that this paradox can be resolved using inside-out function application to allow the compound to be headed by the adjective at c-structure, but by the noun at f-structure. We show further that the same analysis extends to cases of nominal 'classification' where the incorporated nominal is construed as a generic classifier together with an independent specific noun in apposition.
Publication Type: Conference Publication
Conference Name: LFG08 (Lexical Functional Grammar) Conference, University of Sydney, Australia, July 2008
Source of Publication: Proceedings of the LFG08 (Lexical Functional Grammar) Conference, p. 109-128
Publisher: CSLI (Center for the Study of Language and Information) Publications
Place of Publication: Stanford CA
ISSN: 1098-6782
Field of Research (FOR): 200408 Linguistic Structures (incl Grammar, Phonology, Lexicon, Semantics)
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: E1 Refereed Scholarly Conference Publication
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