An analysis of pseudopartitives and measure phrases that say no to extra rules

Authors

  • Wai Lok Tam Queen Mary University of London
  • Yo Sato King's College

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.21248/hpsg.2008.13

Abstract

Our analysis of pseudopartitives and measure phrases draws on the idea of ˋof' as a copula in a pseudopartitive. The copular analysis allows us to avoid the complications caused by treating either the numeral-noun combination before the of-phrase or the of-object as the head of a pseudopartitive on agreement, and hence to account for all the agreement patterns without creating any extra rule. We also outline how we can extend our analysis to handle measure phrases that do not co-occur with of-phrases by treating these measure phrases as anaphoric, an analysis that can adapt to the anaphoric constructions in classifier languages. Such an analysis does not only come closer to the intuition of native speakers but also have an appeal from the perspective of the universality of languages.

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Published

2008-10-15

How to Cite

Tam, Wai Lok & Sato, Yo. 2008. An analysis of pseudopartitives and measure phrases that say no to extra rules. Proceedings of the 15th International Conference on Head-Driven Phrase Structure Grammar 222–233. (doi:10.21248/hpsg.2008.13) (https://proceedings.hpsg.xyz/article/view/698) (Accessed June 19, 2024.)