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Degree inversion and negative intensifier inversion in the English DP

Erika Troseth1

1City University of New York.

Citation Information: The Linguistic Review. Volume 26, Issue 1, Pages 37–65, ISSN (Online) 1613-3676, ISSN (Print) 0167-6318, DOI: 10.1515/tlir.2009.002, May 2009

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This article argues for a predicative analysis of certain adjectives in two varieties of inverted Determiner Phrases: degree inverted DPs, as in Rasheed is too hot-tempered a player and negative intensifier inverted DPs, as in The Conformist isn't very good of a movie. In the case of degree inversion, movement is connected to a degree feature and inversion is licensed within the DP. In the case of negative intensifier inversion, movement is connected to a DP-internal negative feature, and again inversion is licensed within the DP. A case is made in support of distinguishing degree words like too and as from intensifiers like very and particularly on the basis of their ability to license inversion alone or only in combination with negation.

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