English prepositional numeral constructions

Authors

  • Takafumi Maekawa Ryukoku University

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.21248/hpsg.2017.14

Abstract

This paper discusses the syntactic properties of 'prepositional numeral constructions (PNCs)' in English, which is exemplified by ‘about 250 babies’ and ‘over 16,000 animals’. In PNCs a preposition is followed by a numeral. Previous analyses have claimed that the preposition and the numeral make a prepositional phrase in PNCs, but we argue that this is not a satisfactory approach. In HPSG there are some possible analyses that might be proposed, but there are reasons for supposing that the best analysis is one in which the preposition is a functor, a non-head selecting a numeral head.

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Published

2017-10-16

How to Cite

Maekawa, Takafumi. 2017. English prepositional numeral constructions. Proceedings of the 24th International Conference on Head-Driven Phrase Structure Grammar 233–247. (doi:10.21248/hpsg.2017.14) (https://proceedings.hpsg.xyz/article/view/379) (Accessed December 8, 2022.)