positioning of 'property concepts' in the NP

Franz Plank frans.plank at UNI-KONSTANZ.DE
Mon Mar 29 22:07:50 UTC 2010


A N		a wooden chair
N N		a chair of wood

A N		He is (not) a trustworthy man
N V		He is (not) a man to trust

I'll be interested to see whether you'll get that published in a  
journal boosting your h-index, Fritz.


Quoting Frederick J Newmeyer <fjn at U.WASHINGTON.EDU>:

> Dear all,
> I wonder if I might deflect the discussion from academic publishing  
> for a moment. I am looking for an example of a language manifesting  
> something very specific -- a language which might or might not exist:
> 1. In this language 'property concepts' (to use a neutral term) are  
> encoded in part by a distinct category 'Adjective' and also by what  
> are uncontroversially Nouns or Verbs in terms of their catgeory  
> assignments.
> 2. In this language, within the Noun Phrase, Adjective modifiers of  
> the Noun appear on one side of the Noun that they modify, whereas  
> Noun or Verb modifiers appear on the opposite side of the Noun that  
> they modify.
> Does anybody know an example of such a language?
> Thanks!
> --fritz
> Frederick J. Newmeyer
> Professor Emeritus, University of Washington
> Adjunct Professor, University of British Columbia and Simon Fraser University
> [for my postal address, please contact me by e-mail]

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