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The architecture of determiners, Thomas Leu

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The architecture of determiners
Title
The architecture of determiners
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Thomas Leu
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Language
eng
Summary
  • "Work in morphology is typically concerned with productive word formation and regular inflection, in any event with open class categories such as verbs, nouns, and adjectives, and their various forms. The Architecture of Determiners, by contrast, is devoted to a set of function words: the closed class of determiners. While it is traditionally assumed that function words are syntactically atomic, Thomas Leu shows that a comparative perspective on a series of determiners - each insistently vivisected into its minimal morphotactic segments - reveals an anatomy with properties analogous to clausal syntax, including a lexical, an inflectional, and left peripheral layer, as well as transformational relations among subconstituents. Leu argues that determiners are extended adjectival projections with a closed class minimal stem. Leu focuses on Swiss German and German, using other Germanic and non-Germanic languages as a comparative domain. His discussion of the internal structure of determiners includes demonstratives (ch.2), distributive quantifiers (ch.4), possessive and negative determiners (ch.5), and interrogative determiners such as 'was für' (ch.6). His main claim - that all of these involve extended adjectival projections - connects naturally to a discussion of adjectival / determiner inflection in German. Chapter 3 addresses the oft-debated strong versus weak agreement alternation in a novel way, proposing that the adjective moves within its own extended projection, in a way akin to verb movement to C in the clause. This accounts for the central facts of nominative and accusative inflection. Chapter 7, then, addresses dative and genitive morphology, setting them syntactically apart from adjectival / determiner inflection in a way that leads to a surprising account of most of the systematic (meta-) syncretism patterns in German adjectival inflection"--
  • "The Architecture of Determiners is a treatise of a set of function words, the closed class of determiners. The dissection of a series of different determiners in German and other Germanic languages brings to light unexpected structural regularities previously unexplored in this class of words, regularities that resemble syntactic patterns familiar from the clause"--
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DLC
Dewey number
415
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
P299.D48
LC item number
L48 2015
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
Oxford studies in comparative syntax
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The architecture of determiners, Thomas Leu
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Machine generated contents note: -- 1. Introduction -- 2. Definite demonstratives -- 3. xAP -- 4. Definite quantifiers -- 5. Ein-determiners -- 6. ADJ and INV variants among Wh- and S-determiners -- 7. Case and syncretism -- 8. Conclusion -- References
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xiv, 216 pages
Isbn
9780199945252
Lccn
2014025385
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
System control number
  • (OCoLC)ocn887850998
  • UtOrBLW
Label
The architecture of determiners, Thomas Leu
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Machine generated contents note: -- 1. Introduction -- 2. Definite demonstratives -- 3. xAP -- 4. Definite quantifiers -- 5. Ein-determiners -- 6. ADJ and INV variants among Wh- and S-determiners -- 7. Case and syncretism -- 8. Conclusion -- References
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xiv, 216 pages
Isbn
9780199945252
Lccn
2014025385
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
System control number
  • (OCoLC)ocn887850998
  • UtOrBLW

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    • Harold B. Lee Library Brigham Young University, Provo, UT, 84602, US
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