Introducing Arguments and Modifiers in the Noun Phrase
Pietro Baggio
January 2020

Noun Phrases, such as 'this photo', can often appear both with modifiers, such as the adjective 'old', and with arguments, typically PPs such as 'of the Queen'. Most of the literature on the syntax of DPs has adopted the hypothesis that adjectives are base-generated higher than nominal arguments, just like adverbs are Merged higher than arguments in the clause. This study will look at the syntax of the Italian DP, focusing on the distribution of modifier PPs and argument PPs, and will offer novel evidence that, contrary to the received view, nominal modifiers such as adjectives are in fact base-generated 'lower' than nominal arguments.
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Published in: Linguistic Inquiry
keywords: noun phrase, adjectives, nominal modifiers, nominal arguments, syntax
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