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dc.contributor.supervisor Ghomeshi, Jila (Linguistics) en_US
dc.contributor.author Loewen, Gina
dc.date.accessioned 2011-09-10T15:14:38Z
dc.date.available 2011-09-10T15:14:38Z
dc.date.issued 2011-09-10
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1993/4876
dc.description.abstract Recent developments in linguistic theory carried out within the Minimalist Program (Chomsky 1995; Adger 2003;) provide a functional and concrete framework for an analysis of noun phrases in the Indonesian language, a Western-Malayo Polynesian sub-branch of the Austronesian language family. An analysis of Indonesian noun phrase structure within this framework demonstrates that the head noun occurs in a base-generated position, at the bottom of a DP, while pre- and post-nominal modifiers are contained within a number of additional projections that merge above the head noun. In this thesis, the proposal is made for a relatively unrestricted adjunction analysis, whereby head adjunction via Merge allows for the direct expansion of the head N at various levels of the Indonesian DP. Evidence is presented to show that the adjoined status of attributive nouns and adjectives, a plural feature [PL], and the feature [DEF] generates a complex hierarchical structure in which there is no predefined order between a specifier or complement and the head noun. In addition, it is argued that bare nouns are neutral with respect to number and, given that number-marking, possession and (in)definiteness are optional, all projections that merge above the head N are optional and context is needed to accurately interpret an Indonesian bare noun. en_US
dc.rights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess
dc.subject syntax en_US
dc.subject Minimalism en_US
dc.subject noun phrase en_US
dc.subject merge en_US
dc.subject adjoin en_US
dc.subject Indonesian en_US
dc.subject feature en_US
dc.title The syntactic structure of noun phrases in Indonesian en_US
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/masterThesis
dc.type master thesis en_US
dc.degree.discipline Linguistics en_US
dc.contributor.examiningcommittee MacDonald, Lorna (Linguistics) Kayama, Yuhko (Asian Studies) en_US
dc.degree.level Master of Arts (M.A.) en_US
dc.description.note October 2011 en_US


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