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Heads in Grammatical Theory - Greville G. Corbett

Heads in Grammatical Theory

By: Greville G. Corbett (Editor), Norman M. Fraser (Editor), Scott McGlashan (Editor)

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Published: 30th July 1993
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Contemporary linguistic theories distinguish the principal element of a phrase - the 'head' - from the subordinate elements it dominates. This pervasive grammatical concept has been used to describe and account for linguistic phenomena ranging from agreement and government to word order universals, but opinions differ widely on its precise definition. A key question is whether the head is not already identified by some other, more basic notion or interacting set of notions in linguistics. Heads in Grammatical Theory is the first book devoted to the subject. Providing a clear view of current research on heads, some of the foremost linguists in the field tackle the problems set by the assumptions of particular grammatical theories and offer insights which have relevance across theories. Questions considered include whether there is a theory-neutral definition of head, whether heads have cognitive reality, how to identify the head of a phrase, and whether there are any universal correlations between headedness and deletability.

List of contributors
Introduction
The head of Russian numeral expressions
The phonology of heads in
Patterns of headedness
Head-hunting on the trail of the nominal
The headedness of noun-phrases: slaying the nominal hydra
Head- versus dependent-marking: the case of the clause
Heads in discourse: structural versus functional centricity
Heads in head-driven phrase structure grammar
Heads and lexical semantics
Heads, parsing and word-order universals
Do we have heads in our minds?
Heads, bases and functors
References
Index
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ISBN: 9780521420709
ISBN-10: 0521420709
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 352
Published: 30th July 1993
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 2.4
Weight (kg): 0.69