Abstract

Ouhalla’s (2004) valuable discussion of relativized and possessed noun phrases in Amharic leaves a number of questions open. Foremost among these is the placement of the linker element yä-. Starting from an analysis of relative clauses and possessors as predicates of their "heads," this article develops a syntax of complex noun phrases in Amharic that explains the raison d’eˆtre and placement of yä-, and also accommodates facts about definiteness marking and agreement in the Amharic complex noun phrase that have hitherto largely escaped attention or analysis. The analysis emphasizes the role of Predicate Inversion and head movement in syntax, and it confirms and extends the minimalist Agree-and phase-based approach to syntactic relationships.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1530-9150
Print ISSN
0024-3892
Pages
pp. 302-320
Launched on MUSE
2007-05-10
Open Access
No
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