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On pre-nominal classifying adjectives in Polish

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Abstract

The article discusses adjectival modification in Polish, focusing on pre-head attributive adjectives. Pre-nominal position is often associated with qualifying (i.e. descriptive) modifiers while classifying modifiers (which express inherent properties of nouns) are typically assigned to the post-head position in Polish. Thus, the contrast arises between QualAdj+Noun and Noun+ClassAdj sequences, as illustrated by the expressions <i>m&#322;oda foka</i> &#8216;young seal&#8217; (QualAdj+N) vs. <i>foka szara</i> &#8216;grey seal ( <i>Halichoerus grypus</i> )&#8217; (N+ClassAdj). However, it is argued here that pre-nominal adjectives can be ambiguous between classifying and qualifying reading. The article considers also the question whether pre-nominal classifying adjectives can be regarded as informationally marked.

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