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Notice that these are properties determined by the head of the N, when it is complex, and never properties of the non-head constituents of the N. Consequently, it is plausible that these are properties of the N as the locality of selection requires. 4 Apparent exceptions to the RHHR There are some apparent exceptions to the RHHR which deserve attention. Some may turn out to be real once we understand how they work, but others are only apparent. We discuss a few cases here. 1 Conversion Probably the most frequent single method of forming words in English is by conversion or zero derivation.

The question is how these compounds should be represented. We could assume that they have the following representations (to be revised below): N N ? N cutthroat e N N A N red head e The idea that some parts of language structure may be unpronounced is a theoretically important one, and we will use it in the syntactic theory of the following chapters as well, so it is worth reflecting on the role this hypothesis plays in the theory. 2 Exercises (1) Compounds. 5. MORPHOLOGICAL ATOMS (i) noun compound formation rules (iii) web browser software monopoly 33 (ii) heavy metal superstar (iv) fish-food-like For each of these words a.

But the phrases that any human could actually speak or understand are bounded in length. No human will ever be capable of even listening to a sentence that is a billion words long, let alone making any meaningful judgment about whether it is acceptable or not; so can we really draw an important conclusion about human language abilities based on the idea that language is infinite? Any human never manipulates more than a finite number of strings in a lifetime; it is in principle imaginable that speakers have in mental storage at least all the strings used in their lifetime perhaps because they have heard them before (otherwise, this state of affairs looks suspiciously like a colossal coincidence).

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