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Determiners, feline marsupials, and the category-function distinction: A critique of ELT grammars.
For example, the word poet is categorized as a noun because (a) it can be pluralized, as in two poets (morphosyntactic property); (b) it occupies a specific syntactic position in the NP a poet, that is, it is preceded by a determiner (distribution); (c) it has a specific function in the clause, that is, it can function as the subject of a finite clause in English, as in A poet won a competition (for a more detailed description of the linguistic criteria, see, e.
As children enter the two-word stage an emphasis should be placed on training early developing determiner, tense, and preposition functional category forms.
Instead, we will look at determiners in Old English.
In other words, we shall look at determiners that occur with possessives and we will try to determine their syntactic properties.
This so-called "split" topicalization is shown in (3a), with the NP part of the DP topicalized but the determiner stranded in its base position (see Fanselow and Cavar [2001] for a recent syntactic analysis of split topicalization and examples from a variety of languages).
We tentatively assume that a noun may head a nominal projection, NP, which either may serve as a maximal projection, or it may contain an extra functional level of structure including a determiner and forming a DP.
14) In an entry for possessive determiner in his Dictionary of English Grammar (2000), Trask writes: "Though traditional grammar classes these as pronouns, they are not pronouns but determiners, since they behave like determiners and not like pronouns.
Though a singular determiner such as a and this is lexically specified with a singular NUMBER value, determiners such as the, his, and no have no specification on the value.
Despite the idiosyncratic character of determiners in Middle English, we attempt to identify' the existence or inexistence of selectional restrictions in the distribution of Composite Predicates throughout the period.
In the broad sense, it is understood as characterizing the major types of identifiable referring expressions, mainly personal pronouns, proper names, and definite noun phrases featuring one of the definite determiners in that language.
129 and 138 we can calculate that 26 embedded English nouns occur in subject position with Finnish determiners (Lq-carriers), and only four without a Finnish determiner.