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Determiners

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Author(s): Lina Choueiri
Determiners, which are a class of noun modifiers used to express or identify the reference of a noun, include in Arabic articles, possessive pronouns, and demonstratives. Quantifiers, the class of noun modifiers used to specify the quantity of a noun, are sometimes considered as part of the class of determiners, inasmuch as they restrict the reference of a noun to a specific or indefinite quantity. The distribution and syntax of quantifiers differs from that of the other determiners and can ther…
Date: 2018-04-01

WH-Movement

(2,238 words)

Author(s): Lina Choueiri
WH-movement plays a key role in the syntax of long-distance dependencies. Typically, it is involved in the derivation of wh-interrogatives, but it is also involved in the formation of other constructions, such as topicalized constructions (topicalization) and relative clauses. This type of movement affects the maximal projections of many syntactic categories and phrasal constituents; noun phrases, prepositional phrases, adjective phrases, and adverb phrases are its primary targets. In a seminal paper on the topic,…
Date: 2018-04-01