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Mixed Categories: The Morphosyntax of Noun Modification: 164 (Cambridge Studies in Linguistics, Series Number 164)

Mixed Categories: The Morphosyntax of Noun Modification: 164 (Cambridge Studies in Linguistics, Series Number 164)

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Irina Nikolaeva, Andrew Spencer
Cambridge University Press, 10/31/2019
EAN 9781108415514, ISBN10: 1108415512

Hardcover, 418 pages, 22.9 x 15.2 x 2.4 cm
Language: English

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.

1. Introduction
word categories and category mixing
2. Modification constructions
3. Categorial mixing in the nominal phrase
4. Approaches to mixed categories
5. Lexical representation and lexical relatedness
6. Generalized paradigm function morphology
7. Attributive modification in lexicalist morphosyntax
8. Noun-adjective hybrids
9. Conclusions and prospects.