Complex noun phrases and formal licensing in isbukun bunun

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摘要

This paper investigates the syntactic status of nominal modifiers in Isbukun Bunun, an Austronesian language spoken in Taiwan. In Isbukun Bunun, nominal modifiers such as possessors, adjectives, demonstratives, and relative clauses precede the head noun they modify, and they may or must be linked to the head noun by an associative marker tu. Based on the observed NP-ellipsis facts and the formal licensing condition, I argue that the associative marker tu is a complementizer, and the structure it introduces should be accommodated under the adjunction analysis, whereas various existing alternative complementation approaches that view tu as a head selecting the modified phrase as its complement fail to capture the noted properties regarding ellipsis.

原文英語
頁(從 - 到)207-224
頁數18
期刊Oceanic Linguistics
53
發行號2
DOIs
出版狀態已發佈 - 2014 一月 1

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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Language and Linguistics
  • Linguistics and Language

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