Mixed categories: The morphosyntax of noun modification

Irina Nikolaeva, Andrew Spencer

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Exploring the phenomenon of ‘mixed categories’, this book is the first in-depth study of the way in which languages can use a noun, as opposed to an adjective, to modify another noun. It investigates noun-adjective hybrids - adjectives and adjective-like attributive forms which have been derived from nouns and systematically retain certain nominal properties. These rarely-discussed types of mixed category raise a number of important theoretical questions about the nature of lexemic identity, the inflection-derivation divide, and more generally, the relationship between the structure of words and their phrasal syntax. The book proposes a new formal framework that models cross-linguistic and cross-constructional variation in noun modification constructions. The framework it offers enables readers to explicitly map word structure to syntactic structure, providing new insights into, and impacting upon, all current theoretical models of grammar.

Original languageEnglish
PublisherCambridge University Press
Number of pages398
ISBN (Electronic)9781108233903
ISBN (Print)9781108415514
StatePublished - Oct 28 2019


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