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By Joan L Bybee; Michael Noonan; Sandra A Thompson

The papers during this quantity in honor of Sandra Annear Thompson take care of complicated sentences, a massive subject in Thompson's profession. the point of interest of the contributions is at the ways that the grammatical homes of advanced sentences are formed via the communicative context within which they're produced, an method of grammatical research that Thompson pioneered and constructed during her special career.

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F. *He was here on the morning. He was here on that morning. He was here on Christmas morning. He was here on Christmas day. He was here on the morning of Christmas day. *He was here on the morning on Christmas day. We will be examining the make-up of phrases that designate time points or time periods, as well as the ways these can appear in temporal adjuncts. 33 34 Charles J. Fillmore 2. Terminological warm-up In order to characterize the object of our investigation, it is necessary to equip ourselves with some special terminology.

He was here on the morning. He was here on that morning. He was here on Christmas morning. He was here on Christmas day. He was here on the morning of Christmas day. *He was here on the morning on Christmas day. We will be examining the make-up of phrases that designate time points or time periods, as well as the ways these can appear in temporal adjuncts. 33 34 Charles J. Fillmore 2. Terminological warm-up In order to characterize the object of our investigation, it is necessary to equip ourselves with some special terminology.

F. three inches taller than her father several years older than her step-mother ten degrees warmer than today much heavier than you 20 IQ points smarter than Charlie several hours earlier than we expected In these last cases, the compared adjective provides the Direction (taller, older, warmer), the than-phrase introduces the Landmark, and the quantity phrase gives the Distance. The abstract construction inherited by all of these phrase types is governed by the lexical head. ), requiring, thus, that the Landmark be a potential landmark within such a scale, and that the measurement phrase (and the corresponding measuring units) be units of the given scale (IQ points for Mini-grammars of some time-when expressions in English intelligence, meters or miles for space, degrees Fahrenheit or Celsius for temperature, and so on).

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