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Jan Rijkhoff

Synchronic and diachronic evidence for parallels between noun phrases and sentences

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Both formal and functional linguists have developed models in which clauses and NPs can at least partly be analyzed in a similar fashion. But whereas formal approaches to grammar have concentrated on similarities between the (underlying) syntactic structure of the NP and the clause (e.g. Jackendoff 1977, Abney 1989), functional theories such as Functional Grammar have investigated parallels between the underlying semantic structure of the NP and clause (Rijkhoff 1989, 1992, 2002). This article has two main goals: [a] to present a revised and expanded version of the layered (semantic) NP/clause model presented in Rijkhoff (2002), and [b] to give synchronic and diachronic evidence in favour of this particular model.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInterdependence of Diachronic and Synchronic Analyses :
EditorsFolke Josephson, Ingmar Söhrman
Number of pages30
Place of publicationAmsterdam/Philadelphia
PublisherJohn Benjamins Publishing Company
Publication year2008
ISBN (print)978 90 272 0570 4
Publication statusPublished - 2008
SeriesStudies in Language Companion Series 103

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