R: NP conjoining

Paolo Ramat paoram at UNIPV.IT
Thu Jan 31 19:06:59 UTC 2002

Dear Edith,
I do not know whether the facts I report below are of any interest to your
query. It's up to you to evaluate them!

In some Romance languages the adverbial construction with _-ment(e)_ still
shows its original NP status: Port. _larga e fogosamente_, Span. _lenta y
cuidosamente_, Cat. _humilment e devota_, with _-mente_ attached just to one
member (the first or, respectively, the second). But you can't say in Ital.
or in French _*umilmente e devota_ nor _*devotamente e umile_ . The
univerbation has gone in Ital. and French a step further than in the other
Rom. lgs., but historically this is  a case of conjonction of two NPs.


----- Original Message -----
From: Edith A Moravcsik <edith at CSD.UWM.EDU>
Sent: Wednesday, January 30, 2002 9:51 PM
Subject: NP conjoining

> Below are two questions about noun phrase conjoining.
> l. Are there languages where only certain kinds of noun phrases can be
>    conjoined depending on the classes of nouns involved?
>    (For example, two proper names can be conjoined but but two
>    common nouns cannot; or animate nouns can be conjoined but inanimate
>    ones cannot.)
> 2. Are there languages where the form of conjoined noun phrase
>    construction differs depending on what kinds of nouns are involved?
>    (For example, there is one kind of conjunction used with conjoined
>    animate nouns and another with conjoined inanimate nouns.)
> Thank you - Edith Moravcsik
> Edith A. Moravcsik
> Department of Foreign Languages and Linguistics
> University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
>          Milwaukee, WI 53201-0413
>                          USA
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