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NiueanPredicates and Arguments in an Isolating Language$
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Diane Massam

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780198793557

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2020

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198793557.001.0001

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Inside the noun phrase and on the edge of the sentence

Inside the noun phrase and on the edge of the sentence

(p.193) 4 Inside the noun phrase and on the edge of the sentence

Diane Massam

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses the structure of the noun phrase, arguing that it is tightly parallel to the structure of the sentence, with C-movement within the extended nominal projection forming nP, followed by argument merge of locative and genitive arguments, then long spinal movement of nP across the arguments, into the left periphery. The focus then turns to the left edge of nominals, examining the determiner and case particles. It is argued that the proper-common feature is the only feature remaining from the Proto-Tongic determiner system, but that the D position remains in Niuean, housing occasional determiner or linkers, and hosting quantifiers or possessors in its specifier. Number, aspect, and nominalization are also explored. The second part of the chapter explores the tense, aspect, mood particles in the CP domain, arguing for three positions. The chapter concludes with a discussion of operator movement, arguing that there is no wh-movement in Niuean.

Keywords:   determiners, linkers, genitive, noun phrase, roll-up movement, proper-common, TAM, tense particles, number, nominalization

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