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A semantic approach to noun phrase structure and the definite: indefinite distinction in Germanic and Romance
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Languages, Department of Scandinavian Languages.
2011 (English)In: The Noun PHrase in Romance and Germanic: Structure, variation and change / [ed] Petra Sleeman & Harry Perridon, Amsterdam: John Benjamins Publ. Comp. , 2011, 127-140 p.Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This article deals with the relation between the structure and semantics of noun phrases. Two complexes of meaning are taken to be grammatically derived in noun phrases. One complex concerns the conceptualization of the entity denoted by the noun phrase, whereas the other concerns the restriction of the set of referents. The latter complex is related to the distinction between definite and indefinite noun phrases.

The article also deal with the variation within and between Germanic and Romance noun phrases, showing how this variation may be explained on the basis of the preceding analysis. In particular, the different uses of definite and indefinite noun phrases are highlighted.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Amsterdam: John Benjamins Publ. Comp. , 2011. 127-140 p.
Keyword [en]
noun phrase, noun phrase semantics, noun phrase structure, definiteness, Germanic, Romance
National Category
General Language Studies and Linguistics
Research subject
Scandinavian Languages; Romance Languages; English
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-149428ISBN: 978 90 272 5554 9OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-149428DiVA: diva2:404991
Available from: 2011-03-20 Created: 2011-03-20 Last updated: 2011-04-01Bibliographically approved

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