Adjectives in Layers

Asya Pereltsvaig, Olga Kagan

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This paper investigates the syntax and semantics of modifying/attributive adjectives in Russian, a language lacking articles but having complex patterns of case marking and agreement within a noun phrase. It has been claimed in the literature that due to its lack of articles, Russian has a completely different internal structure for noun phrases than in languages with articles. In this paper we argue against that claim and propose that there are six layers of functional structure within a noun phrase which modifying adjectives can occupy.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)125-165
Number of pages41
JournalRhema. Rema
StatePublished - 2018


  • noun phrases
  • attributive adjectives
  • modification
  • case marking
  • agreement
  • semantics


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