Nominal juxtaposition: a cross-linguistic study of a maltreated morpho-syntactic phenomenon

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Swedish Research Council - Vetenskapsrådet (VR)

Project Details

Start date: 01/01/2002
End date: 31/12/2005


A "prototypical nominal juxtaposition" refers to a syntactic construction where two nominals (i.e., nouns with or without modifiers, or full noun phrases) occur side by side, with word order and prosody as the only grammatical markers of their relation. An example is the Swedish construction ‘en kopp kaffe', which lacks any explicit marker comparable to ‘of' in the corresponding English phrase ‘a cup of coffee'.
Cross-linguistically, a set of constructions that tend to make use of juxtaposition can be identified, even in languages otherwise generous with explicit morpho-syntactic marking. The project focuses on identifying these functions and finding out cross-linguistic generalizations behind them.

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