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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 ANDD 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