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Query Subject:   Prenominal Adjectives with Complements
Author:   Dimitris Ntelitheos
Submitter Email:  click here to access email

Query:   Dear List Members,

I am currently working on the distribution of prepositional and clausal complements in adjectival phrases. It seems that there is a restriction on prenominal adjectives in English in that they do not take prepositional or clausal complements:

* The proud of his son father.

Other languages (i.e. German) allow for prenominal adjectives to take complements but these appear to the left of the adjectival head. As far as I know, Greek and Bulgarian are the only languages that allow for prenominal adjectives to have post-head complements (example from Greek):

O perifanos jia tin kori tu pateras
the proud for the daughter his father

I would be grateful if you could point me towards other languages that show this pattern (or its mirror image), and related papers and/or grammars that contain relevant data.

I will post a summary of the answers I receive.

Dimitris Ntelitheos
LL Issue: 8.1471
Date posted: 12-Oct-1997


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