By D. Bouchard
A learn of why languages fluctuate the best way they do within the area of adjectival amendment in French as contrasted with different Indo-European languages (English, Celtic, Walloon, Romanian, Italian). Rejecting past famous analyses by way of syntactic circulate to numerous practical heads, the writer proposes a version during which exterior homes of interfaces are the rules from which the adaptation is derived. proscribing seriously the technical equipment of syntax, the writer argues that the houses of quantity on the interfaces are proven to supply an easy and distinctive resolution for longstanding difficulties of compositionality raised by means of adjectival amendment. there's additionally a unified research of the various different homes concerned. The version offers a principled clarification of the adaptation referring to nominals with no determiners (bare NPs) and determiners with no nominals (clitics).
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Let's take Bernstein's (1993) analysis of French as an example, but assume that the meaning associated with the structure of postnominal ADJs is found on prenominal ADJs, and vice versa. Nothing fundamental would change in the theory. In fact, the few indications we are given about 28 Adjectives, Number and Interfaces interpretation wrongly predict that such a reversal of the meaning associations should actually hold. Bernstein assumes that in French, an adjective like rouges may appear prenominally or postnominally because it adjoins to NumP or NP, and N moves to Num as follows (pp.
Additions to the constructions. The introduction of new meanings and new syntactic units invariably forces the introduction of new rules to build the semantic expressions or to relate syntactic expressions to semantic expressions, at least in those analyses that aspire to a certain degree of formalization. For instance, early transformational proposals assume different underlying structures that correspond to paraphrases of the various interpretations—most often in the form of relative clauses— and new rules to transform these paraphrases into the surface structures.
Da mihi librum. Da librum mihi. Librum mihi da. Etc. Adjectives, Interfaces and Explanation 39 Because it allows four equally efficient modes to code a semantic relation into a perceptual form, the SM system introduces very specific forms of variation in the morphosyntax of languages. The proper understanding of these variations is to be found in the external properties of the SM system, not in their translation into CHL restatements. 2 Variation at the CI interface: another facet of Saussurean arbitrariness If we turn to the influence that the thought system and the faculty of language may have on each other, we enter an area of heated debate.
Adjectives, Number and Interfaces (North-Holland Linguistic Series: Linguistic Variations) by D. Bouchard