Functional structure in the noun phrase: revisiting Hebrew nominals
Omer Preminger
May 2020

Bruening (2010, 2020) and Bruening, Dinh & Kim (2018) (henceforth BBDK) have recently advanced a series of arguments for the claim that nominal phrases are not headed by a functional projection. These works take particular aim at the DP Hypothesis (Abney 1987; see also Szabolcsi 1983), but their claim is stronger than a mere rejection of that hypothesis. Their claim is that the outermost layer in a nominal phrase is projected by the noun itself, not by any functional structure surrounding the noun.

In this paper, I revisit Ritter's (1991) findings and show that BBDK's claims are incompatible with the evidence she adduces from (modern) Hebrew. Ritter's paper takes for granted that DPs exist, and concentrates on how Hebrew nominals motivate the existence of an additional projection in between DP and NP (namely, NumP). What I show here, however, is that if one harbors doubts that there are any functional projections above the projection of the noun, Ritter's work provides clear evidence that such functional projections exist.

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keywords: syntax, dp, order, hebrew, head movement, remnant movement
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