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A Constructional Analysis for the Skeptical

Arnold, D and Spencer, A (2015) A Constructional Analysis for the Skeptical. In: Proceedings of the 22nd International Conference on Head-Driven Phrase Structure Grammar, Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore, ? - ?, Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore.


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This paper addresses the issue of phonologically null elements in HPSG by providing an analysis of the construction exemplified by NPs such as ?the rich?, ?the beautiful?, ?the unemployed?, which lack an overt noun. The properties of this construction are explored in detail, and a number of approaches described: in particular approaches which posit a phonologically empty noun, and constructional approaches. It is shown that a constructional approach is empirically superior. This is interesting, theoretically, because empirical differences between such approaches have proved elusive hitherto.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Additional Information: Published proceedings: _not provided_
Subjects: P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
P Language and Literature > PE English
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Language and Linguistics, Department of
Depositing User: Doug Arnold
Date Deposited: 03 Nov 2015 10:09
Last Modified: 17 Aug 2017 17:31

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