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ERIC Number: ED383174
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995-Jan-8
Pages: 15
Abstractor: N/A
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New Women's Suitcases: The Possessive-Adjective Switch.
Seymour, Deborah Mandelbaum
An analysis of the structure of possessive-adjective phrases (e.g., "women's new suitcases, new women's suitcases") in English looks at some data that appear to conflict with the intuitive order of S-structure possessives preceding adjectives. A solution to this apparent anomaly is proposed: it is not the compounding of possessive-noun combination that regulates pre-possessive adjectives, but the non-referentiality of the possessive form. The analysis is presented for English, then some data from Finnish are presented to suggest that the constraint is more universal than might be supposed. A brief bibliography is included. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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