Bare Nouns in the Typology of DPs

Ileana Paul

Abstract


This paper investigates two types of bare nouns in Malagasy: bare nouns in possessor raising contexts and bare noun objects. It is argued that these two types are structurally distinct. In possessor raising, the bare noun is in fact an
NP, lacking a DP layer. Bare noun objects, on the other hand, are DPs with a null determiner. These structural differences can be seen to have both syntactic and semantic consequences.

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