The Syntax of Prenominal and Postnominal Adjectives in Old English

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Cambridge Scholars Pub., 2009 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 331 pages
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This book is the first monograph which provides a comprehensive discussion of the syntactic behaviour of Old English (OE) adnominal adjectives. Drawing on the empirical data retrieved from the York-Toronto-Helsinki Parsed Corpus of Old English Prose (Taylor, Warner, Pintzuk & Beths 2003), the author proposes an analysis of OE adjectives by means of a theoretical apparatus couched in the framework of Chomsky's generative grammar. The analysis incorporates the following properties of OE adjectives:
their inflectional patterning, i.e. whether adjectives take "weak" and "strong" inflectional endings
the so-called adjective stacking, i.e. whether adjectives can occur in uninterrupted strings
the surface placement with respect to their complements
the surface placement with respect to the nominal head
The author observes that the differences between prenominal and postnominal adjectives go far beyond the superficial difference in their surface placement. She argues therefore that the two types of adjectives require two different theoretical treatments.
The volume consists of five chapters. It is supplemented by four appendices and an extensive bibliography.

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About the author (2009)

Agnieszka Pysz received PhD in English linguistics (2007) from Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan, Poland. In 2009 she took the position of forsteamanuensis i engelsk sprak at the University College in Volda, Norway. Her research interests focus on the morpho-syntax of Germanic languages.

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