By Patricia Cabredo Hofherr (ed.), Ora Matushansky (ed.)
Adjectives are relatively much less good studied than the lexical different types of nouns and verbs. the current quantity brings jointly experiences within the syntax and semantics of adjectives. 4 of the contributions examine the syntax of adjectives in quite a few languages (English, French, Mandarin chinese language, sleek Hebrew, Russian, Spanish, and Serbocroatian). The theoretical concerns explored comprise: the syntax of attributive and predicative adjectives, the syntax of nominalized adjectives and the identity of adjectives as a unique lexical classification in Mandarin chinese language. one other 4 contributions study assorted facets within the semantics of adjectives in English, French, and Spanish, facing superlatives, comparatives, and element in adjectives. This quantity can be of curiosity to researchers and scholars in syntax, formal semantics, and language typology.
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Full phi-feature sets (see Chomsky 1998, 1999). 1 The puzzle: Double agreement? Adjectives are commonly assumed to have their own set of phi-features (phi-set). In one way or other, some piece of inflectional morphology will have to realize this phi-set in an inflectional language like BCS. e. two inflections) appear together on a long adjective: (22) a. nominal - short form OCS b. pronominal The question raised by the Old Church Slavonic data is the following: what do the two inflections in (22a) realize?
The phi-set of F is a complete and interpretable one, containing the person feature as well. e. nominal, inflection, and the phi-set of F by the long, pronominal, inflection. This is consistent with the pronominal origin of this inflection and pronouns are generally taken to have complete sets of interpretable phi-features. e. outside a noun phrase. If in predicative use an adjective is not embedded within a noun phrase, there will be no F head nor its phi-set which could produce the long inflection.
Adjectives: Formal Analyses in Syntax and Semantics by Patricia Cabredo Hofherr (ed.), Ora Matushansky (ed.)