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The head of Russian numeral expressions

Corbett, Greville G. (1993) The head of Russian numeral expressions In: Heads in Grammatical Theory. Cambridge University Press, pp. 11-35.


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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.

Item Type: Book Section
Divisions : Faculty of Arts and Human Sciences > English and Languages > English > Surrey Morphology Group
Authors :
Corbett, Greville
Date : 1 July 1993
Identification Number : 10.2277/0521420709
Additional Information : Published in: Greville G. Corbett, Norman M. Fraser and Scott McGlashan (Eds.) Heads in Grammatical Theory, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pp. 11-35. © 1993 Cambridge University Press. Reprinted with permission. Click here to view the book on the publisher's website.
Depositing User : Mr Adam Field
Date Deposited : 27 May 2010 14:39
Last Modified : 05 Mar 2014 10:36

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