1887
Annual Review of Cognitive Linguistics: Volume 5
  • ISSN 1572-0268
  • E-ISSN: 1572-0276
USD
Buy:$35.00 + Taxes

Abstract

A bi-polar theory of the structure and function of nominals and clauses is presented in which a specifier, functioning as a referential pole, and a head, functioning as a relational pole, combine to form a referring expression. The theory applies to both object referring expressions, in the case of nominals, and situation referring expressions, in the case of clauses. The bi-polar theory is contrasted with X-Bar Theory — a uni-polar theory in which the head uniquely determines the type of the larger expression in which it occurs. Uni-polar theories adopt a strong notion of endocentricity, which is rejected in the bi-polar theory, where both the specifier and the head make significant and meaningful contributions to the larger expressions in which they occur. The bi-polar theory is also contrasted with Langacker’s conception of the basic structure and function of nominals and clauses.
Loading

Article metrics loading...

/content/journals/10.1075/arcl.5.03bal
2007-01-01
2019-10-22
Loading full text...

Full text loading...

References

http://instance.metastore.ingenta.com/content/journals/10.1075/arcl.5.03bal
Loading
  • Article Type: Research Article
Keyword(s): clause , function , head , meaning , nominal , referential pole , referring expression , relational pole , specifier and structure
This is a required field
Please enter a valid email address
Approval was successful
Invalid data
An Error Occurred
Approval was partially successful, following selected items could not be processed due to error