A Syntax of Substance: A Precis.
David Adger
February 2013

This is a brief precis of A Syntax of Substance (MIT Press, 2013), which sketches the main ideas and conclusions of the book. The core idea is that there are no functional heads qua lexical items and that labeling of structure is hence strictly separated from building of structure and is given exocentrically. The consequence of this idea in the system I develop is that there is no roll-up movement, and that there are no arguments in complement positions. The syntax and semantics of ultra-nominal relational nouns is used as a case study for these ideas.
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keywords: phrase structure, movement, functional categories, relational nominals, possessives, semantics, morphology, syntax
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