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The Syntax and Semantics of the Nominal Construction

A Radically Minimalist Perspective


Diego Gabriel Krivochen

This book proposes a novel analysis of Nominal Construction from the syntax-semantics interface. It is based on the newly developed framework of Radical Minimalism, and provides both a concise introduction to this formal model and the application of the theory to real examples provided by native speakers. The theory, which makes use of mathematics, cognitive science, and physics combined with formal syntax, is explained in detail before entering the domain of the nominal construction where straightforward, clear analyses are provided for multiple interlinguistic phenomena. Even though mainly theoretical, the book has a strong empirical basis and enables the reader to continue the quest by applying the framework to phenomena of his interest.


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I would like to thank those who have been of crucial importance either for the content of the present work or for creating the optimal atmosphere in which the research could be best conducted. My deepest gratitude to Dr. Manuel Leonetti, without whom this monograph could have never been finished (or even started). The invaluable conversations and com- munications with him have undoubtedly improved both this particular work and my competence as a researcher. He has proven a great man as well as a brilliant linguist in countless occasions. When I have not followed his suggestions, it is the monograph that has suffered. Equal thanks go to Mg. Cristina Spínola, who has always been there kindly supporting my work even when the situation was not the best imaginable. I hope both her personal and professional support are appropriately acknowledged. They have both taken their chances with me and I sincerely hope not to have disappointed them. Dr. Michael T. Putnam (Mike) and Dr. Katarzyna Miechowicz-Mathiasen (Kasia) have also been of great importance for both the monograph and me. Their friendship and knowledge are very valuable for me, and have hopefully made me a better linguist and a bet- ter person, and I am grateful for having met such extraordinary people during this quest. A proper acknowledgment of Dr. Peter Kosta’s contribution to my ca- reer would deserve a whole chapter. May it suffice to say that I have greatly benefited from his friendship and knowledge, and he has given...

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