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Title:Looking for Cognitive Foundations of Functional Sequences
Authors:Marušič, Franc (Author)
Mišmaš, Petra (Author)
Žaucer, Rok (Author)
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Tipology:1.08 - Published Scientific Conference Contribution
Organization:UNG - University of Nova Gorica
Abstract:With the multiplication of various functional projections, syntactic structures became very complex entities. Approaches like Cartography (e.g. Cinque and Rizzi 2008) went one step further than most other approaches, proposing that each sentence comprises of a number of universal, strictly ordered functional projections. In the noun phrase, the strictly ordered functional projections are said to be responsible not only for the relative order of numerals, demonstratives and nouns (cf. Cinque 2005), but also for the universal order of various types of adjectives (cf. Hetzron 1978; Sproat and Shih 1991; Cinque 1994; Scott 2002, etc.). Cinque and Rizzi (2008) discuss possible origins of the many hierarchies of functional projections and suggest that they might derive from general cognition. If cognition and its restrictions are behind the hierarchy of functional projections, then the order of projections hosting adjectives should be reflected in various non-linguistic cognitive processes. We designed several experiments to test this hypothesis. Our experiments did not confirm our hypothesis; but as we have also identified problems in the design of our experiments, our results do not warrant a clear rejection of the hypothesis either.
Keywords:noun phrase, adjective ordering restrictions, functional hierarchy, experimental syntax, cognitive foundations of syntax
Year of publishing:2019
Number of pages:53-75
Numbering:Special Issue 1, 14
COBISS_ID:5483771 Link is opened in a new window
DOI:DOI 10.4467/23005920SPL.19.006.10986 Link is opened in a new window
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Title:1th Conference on Syntax, Phonology & Language Analysis (SinFonIJA 11)

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Title:Studies in Polish Linguistics
Year of publishing:2019