ERIC Number: ED106862
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972-Dec
Reference Count: 0
On the Node Label "ADV."
Legum, Stanley E.
Arguments for the introduction of an adverbial node label (ADV) in transformational grammar are examined and rejected. The following question is raised: Is a node label ADV necessary, or can the phenomena associated with adverbials be explained in terms of the set of node labels used to explain other areas of grammar? The author argues that a new node label can be justified if and only if some required transformation must be formulated so as to refer to it. Furthermore, it is necessary to demonstrate that no analysis which excludes ADV is tenable. Thus, the author concludes, the existence of any tenable analysis which handles the adverbial data without making use of ADV is strong evidence that ADV does not exist. Presented are grammatical references to ADV; arguments in favor of an ADV node which examine adverbs without adjective paraphrases, the multiplicity of tranformations, the positioning of ly-adverbs, the -ly ending, and a non-argument in favor of an ADV node; arguments against an ADV node; and alternatives to ADV which examine case analyses and higher sentence (S) analyses. (HOD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Southwest Regional Laboratory for Educational Research and Development, Los Alamitos, CA.