Apulian Binominal Qualitative Noun Phrases

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In this paper, we will analyze several morphosyntactic properties related to qualitative binominal constructions (complex noun phrases of the type a jewelNP1 of a villageNP2) from a Southern Italo-Romance language spoken in the Apulian town of San Marco in Lamis (Foggia). The language realizes QBCs in two ways: prepositionally (with dÉ™), allowing both definites indefinites, and non-prepositionally, only allowing definite nouns. We will suggest that in the latter type N1 and N2 are related by a categorial match of the determiners dominating them (therefore, only definite articles are allowed in the non-prepositional construction). We will propose that N1 is a property-denoting element, functioning as an adjectival modifier. This derives the impossibility for the construction to undergo syntactic operations such as extraction (which we connect to the notion of phase). With respect to interpretation, will suggest that a phrase is interpreted as a qualitative binominal if N1 and N2 share the same number features, and if the features of N1 do not allow for it to be interpreted as the head/possessum of N2. Finally, we will spend a couple of words on agreement with either noun of the construction, and we will see that the data confirm the relevance of [+human] features re agreement relations.
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