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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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Number within the DP: A View from Oceanic

Number within the DP: A View from Oceanic

(p.81) Number within the DP: A View from Oceanic
Functional Heads

Elizabeth Pearce

Oxford University Press

This chapter addresses some questions about the syntax of free-standing number particles that are present in DPs in Oceanic languages. The data surveyed come from three Southern Oceanic languages (Unua, Ninde, and Iaai) and from two Eastern Polynesian languages (Tahitian and C[ook] I[slands] M ā ori). It is proposed that the Oceanic data provides evidence for the presence of a functional projection located below D and that the head of this projection can be the target for the raising of a Number particle from the head of a lower Numb[er]P.

Keywords:   syntax, free-standing number particles, DP, Oceanic languages, functional projection

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