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Maekawa, Takafumi: English prepositional numeral constructions

This paper discusses the syntactic properties of 'prepositional numeral constructions (PNCs)' in English, which is exemplified by ‘about 250 babies’ and ‘over 16,000 animals’. In PNCs a preposition is followed by a numeral. Previous analyses have claimed that the preposition and the numeral make a prepositional phrase in PNCs, but we argue that this is not a satisfactory approach. In HPSG there are some possible analyses that might be proposed, but there are reasons for supposing that the best analysis is one in which the preposition is a functor, a non-head selecting a numeral head.

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Created: 16 October 2017
Last modified: January 09, 2019

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