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Maekawa, Takafumi: A Beautiful Four Days in Berlin

In this paper we look at one specific construction in English, where an indefinite article and a plural noun can occur together (e.g., a beautiful four days). Besides this number mismatch between the determiner and the head noun, this construction is also peculiar in that the order of the numeral and the adjective is the reverse of the canonical cases (e.g., four beautiful days). There are at least two analyses that might be proposed within HPSG, a lexical analysis and a constructional analysis, but we argue that the latter is the best analysis.


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Created: October 15, 2013
Last modified: January 09, 2019

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