Revisiting Article-S

Richard Larson, Ivana LaTerza


The frst published account of relative clauses in generative grammar (Smith 1964) analyzed these elements as selected complements of the article or determiner in a nominal. In this paper we revisit the “Article-S” Analysis, examining its underlying assumptions about selection and structure and updating its technical implementation. In so doing we show that Article-S continues to be attractive from a syntactic and semantic point of view. We briefly examine two broader implications of the account for the analysis of languages claimed in the literature to be “D/DP-less” and for the analysis of restrictive modifcation generally.




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