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Mixed Categories
The Morphosyntax of Noun Modification

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  • Publication planned for: February 2020
  • availability: Not yet published - available from February 2020
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781108415514

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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.

    • Investigates the morphosyntax of rarely discussed types of words with mixed properties in their relation to more canonical categories
    • Readers are provided with a better understanding of the complex patterns in which words relate to one another within a language
    • Provides a formal framework that maps word structure to syntactic structure
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    • Publication planned for: February 2020
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781108415514
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 mm
    • contains: 53 b/w illus. 23 tables
    • availability: Not yet published - available from February 2020
  • Table of Contents

    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.

  • Authors

    Irina Nikolaeva, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London
    Irina A. Nikolaeva author of multiple linguistic publications including Objects and Information Structure (with M. Dalrymple, Cambridge, 2011) and Descriptive Typology and Linguistic Theory: A Study in the Morphosyntax of Relative Clauses (with F. Ackerman, 2013).

    Andrew Spencer, University of Essex
    Andrew Spencer is the author of over 100 publications in linguistics, including Morphological Theory (1991), Clitics (with A. Luís, Cambridge, 2012) and Lexical Relatedness (2013). He is a co-editor of the journal Word Structure.

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