- Stephens, J. 1993. ‘The Syntax of Noun Phrases in Breton’, Journal of Celtic Linguistics, 129-150.
Abstract This paper examines the structure of the noun phrase in Breton within Government and Binding (GB) theory. Urien (1982) has argued that, the clause and the noun phrase in Breton have common characteristics, observable in the absence of agreement between the verb and its subject in the ordinary finite clause and between the possessor and possessum in the genitive nominal construction. I propose to re-examine the structure of the Breton noun phrase within the GB model. The similarities between the finite clause and the noun phrase will be discussed in terms of structure and Case assignment. The paper is organized as follows: the introduction presents a brief description of the theoretical model. The second part investigates the status of the various determiners and will show that although articles and possessive pronouns are superficial clitics, there is at least one determiner, the quantifier kement, which is a strong constituent. Having established that the functional constituent Determiner exists in Breton, the structure of the genitive construction, also reffered to as the construct state in the litterature, is then examined in the second part. Finally consideration is given to the derivation of non-construct state NPs: ordinary, possessive and demonstrative. The data is taken from the dialect of Tregor but the conclusions are relevant to the other dialects.
Il existe une version légèrement antérieure de cet article en français:
- Stephens, J. 1992. 'Structure du groupe nominal en breton', Recherches Linguistiques 21, 143-156.