This squib presents new data involving adjective orders that are problematic for analyses of adjectives as merged in the specifiers of fixed sequences of functional heads. Evidence is presented from Naasioi to suggest that adjectives in this language are freely ordered within the DP, both with respect to other adjectives and also with respect to the noun they modify. It is argued that the Naasioi data are incompatible not only with the analysis of attributive adjectives as occupying the specifier of functional heads, but also with the hierarchy that is assumed to underlie this ordering.
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October 06 2022
Adjective Order and Adnominal Modification in Naasioi
In Special Collection: CogNet
Online ISSN: 1530-9150
Print ISSN: 0024-3892
© 2022 by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Linguistic Inquiry 1–13.
Jason Brown; Adjective Order and Adnominal Modification in Naasioi. Linguistic Inquiry 2022; doi: https://doi.org/10.1162/ling_a_00464
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