Article published in:Adjectives: Formal analyses in syntax and semantics
Edited by Patricia Cabredo Hofherr and Ora Matushansky
[Linguistik Aktuell/Linguistics Today 153] 2010
► pp. 29–52
Syntactic positions of attributive adjectives
The present contribution studies the syntax of long- and short-form adjectives in Serbocroatian. The discussion draws particularly on data from the Bosnian variant that marks long- and short-forms by vowel-length and pitch-accent in addition to inflectional suffixes. Based on evidence from ellipsis, noun phraseinternal coordination and ordering of multiple adjectives, I propose two different structures for attributive long- and short-form adjectives: attributive long-form adjectives occupy the specifier of a functional projection dominating NumP, while short-form attributive adjectives are adjoined to NumP. I also show that this analysis contributes to explain the differences in agreement morphology observed between long- and short-form adjectives. Finally, I propose to extend the present analysis to German.
Published online: 06 May 2010
Cited by 3 other publications
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Zagona, Karen & Heles Contreras
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