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Functional HeadsThe Cartography of Syntactic Structures, Volume 7$
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Laura Brugé, Anna Cardinaletti, Giuliana Giusti, Nicola Munaro, and Cecilia Poletto

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199746736

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199746736.001.0001

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Which Is the Extended Projection Above N? 1

Which Is the Extended Projection Above N? 1

(p.325) Which Is the Extended Projection Above N?1
Functional Heads

Joseph Emonds

Oxford University Press

This chapter challenges Abney’s (1987) influential idea that D is the main functional head of the nominal constituent and rethinks old evidence to propose that the highest functional head in the nominal constituent is Q. The consequence of this reasoning is that articles, as well as other determiners, do not necessarily head a projection but can occur in a functional specifier. This proposal is not only relevant to the issue of the nature of the extended nominal projection but also has a general methodological import on the definition of “functional head”.

Keywords:   Abney, functional head, nominal constituent, articles, functional specifier

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