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By Patricia Cabredo Hofherr, Ora Matushansky

Adjectives are relatively much less good studied than the lexical different types of nouns and verbs. the current quantity brings jointly stories within the syntax and semantics of adjectives. 4 of the contributions examine the syntax of adjectives in numerous languages (English, French, Mandarin chinese language, smooth Hebrew, Russian, Spanish, and Serbocroatian). The theoretical concerns explored comprise: the syntax of attributive and predicative adjectives, the syntax of nominalized adjectives and the identity of adjectives as a special lexical class in Mandarin chinese language. yet another 4 contributions research varied facets within the semantics of adjectives in English, French, and Spanish, facing superlatives, comparatives, and point in adjectives. This quantity may be of curiosity to researchers and scholars in syntax, formal semantics, and language typology.

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As indicated by the questionable status of (18b), this kind of modification contrasts neutral vs. e. (18b) is acceptable only if the adjective red receives topic or focal stress thus producing the ‘hierarchical’ effect red among big cars. No ordering restrictions are observed for asyndetically coordinated adjectives and no hierarchical effects either: in (18c) the adjectives can appear in any order whatsoever, each adjective is said to form a separate intonational phrase and to modify the noun directly.

In Slavic languages, attributively used adjectives may appear with an additional inflection, which never appears on predicatively used adjectives. In other words, predicative adjectives are “shorter” than those appearing attributively. 1 I will examine the behavior of *The research reported in this paper benefited from discussions and exchanges on various occasions with Anne Zribi-Hertz, Wayles Browne, Željko Bošković and Midhat Riđanović, and I am grateful to them for the help, ideas, and information they provided.

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