This is another question that was asked online (this time New Testament Greek Club) that would be difficult to answer without treebanks. Can a phrase with an adjective in second attributive position be broken up by a genitive? Luke 23:35 reads: εἰ οὗτός ἐστιν ὁ χριστὸς τοῦ θεοῦ ὁ ἐκλεκτός. Can this be, "if he is... Continue Reading →
The question was asked on Facebook about what principles might motivate the occurrence of indefinite noun phrases to take prepositional phrases. It's a good question. Prepositions phrases tend be restrictive when they occur in noun phrases just like other NP modifiers. But they certainly can still be descriptive, too. I ran a quick and dirty... Continue Reading →
Jan Rijkoff, linguist/typologist, wrote a superb monograph presenting language variation and typology of the syntax and semantics of noun phrases across a wide variety of languages. The Noun Phrase by Jan Rijkoff (Oxford Studies in Typology and Linguistics) Offers a new, semantic model of the noun phrase Based on data from a representative sample... Continue Reading →
What motivates the ordering. I'm looking into the question right now. Stephanie Bakker's book on the noun phase deals with the issue to some degree, but her discussion lacks explanatory power and I'd say she focuses too much on traditional Greek grammar concepts too much. More to come...I'll be posting some data in a couple days.