By D. Bouchard
A examine of why languages range the best way they do within the area of adjectival amendment in French as contrasted with different Indo-European languages (English, Celtic, Walloon, Romanian, Italian). Rejecting past famous analyses when it comes to syntactic stream to varied sensible heads, the writer proposes a version within which exterior homes of interfaces are the rules from which the difference is derived. proscribing seriously the technical gear of syntax, the writer argues that the houses of quantity on the interfaces are proven to supply an easy and targeted resolution for longstanding difficulties of compositionality raised by means of adjectival amendment. there's additionally a unified research of the various different homes concerned. The version presents a principled clarification of the adaptation referring to nominals with no determiners (bare NPs) and determiners with no nominals (clitics).
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13 Though the system of thought of every human being presumably has the capability of using either specification of a set, which particular specification is used in a given situation may vary. Therefore, the two external systems with which the faculty of language interfaces do exhibit variation in their internal functioning. Given that some variation may be introduced by the thought system and the sensorimotor system, there may be more than one optimal solution to the mapping of a meaning to a form.
19 A common noun expresses a property—for instance 'dog'—which defines a set whose extension corresponds to the ideal generated by the totality of the individuals—in this case, the totality of dogs. So the common noun dog has the semantics of a Kind, which can be modelled as a stabilized, conventionalized set. As indicated by Chierchia (1998), at this level where the property defines a Kind, singulars and plurals are not distinguishable: Fido is as good an example of 'dog' as Fido and Barky are.
However, the principle of compositionality has some methodological value only if it is built on properties that are quite directly linkable to tangible interface elements (Partee 1997: 61, Hausser 1984, Hintikka 1983). In these analyses, however, in the presence of two surface morphemes A and B, we can never be sure that some as yet unknown covert category, feature or operation might not be present, or that A or B may be assigned an additional meaning. The result is fatal for the motivation for compositionality: if we can never be sure to a strong degree of what elements are present, or what their individual meaning is, we never know for sure how to combine these elements, even if all the forms are familiar.
Adjectives, Number and Interfaces (North-Holland Linguistic Series: Linguistic Variations) by D. Bouchard