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ERIC Number: EJ587902
Record Type: CIJE
Publication Date: 1999
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ISSN: ISSN-0097-8507
Explaining Article-Possessor Complementarity: Economic Motivation in Noun Phrase Syntax.
Haspelmath, Martin
Language, v75 n2 p227-43 Jun 1999
In many languages, the article cannot occur when a possessive phrase is present in the noun phrase (NP). Argues that these patterns can be understood in terms of economic motivation because possessed NPs are very likely to be definite. Shows how the performance motivation of economy creates the competence pattern in diachronic change. (Author/VWL)
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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