The Syntax and Semantics of Noun Modifiers and the Theory of Universal Grammar

A Korean Perspective

  • Min-Joo Kim

Part of the Studies in Natural Language and Linguistic Theory book series (SNLT, volume 96)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
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  8. Back Matter
    Pages 315-321

About this book


This book takes Korean as a basis to provide a detailed universal Determiner Phrase (DP) structure. Adnominal adjectival expressions are apparently optional noun dependents but their syntax and semantics have been shown to provide an important window on the internal structure of DP. By carefully examining data from Korean, an understudied language, as well as from other unrelated languages, the book provides a broad perspective on the phenomenon of noun modification and its cross-linguistic variations. Furthermore, it offers not only a thorough syntactic analysis but also a formal semantic analysis of noun modifiers that extends beyond a single language. This book will be of great interest to researchers interested in theoretical syntax, its interfaces with semantics, pragmatics, linguistic typology, and language variation. ​


With a wealth of data and important observations, in this volume Kim ventures into a notoriously difficult domain. She sheds new light on old puzzles and articulates some fresh new ones. The analysis of the Korean extended DP—and of nominals across languages—offered here is important and interesting, but it’s the deeper analytical insights that underlie it that ensure this work’s lasting relevance. Marcin Morzycki, Michigan State University, USA 


Adjective Ordering Restrictions (AOR): Adnominal Adjectival Classes in Korean Capturing the AORs in Korean Compositional Semantic Analysis of Noun Modification in Korean Internal structure of DP Semantics of Noun Modifiers

Authors and affiliations

  • Min-Joo Kim
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  1. 1.Department of EnglishTexas Tech UniversityLubbockUSA

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