By David Adger
This can be an advent to the constitution of sentences in human languages. It assumes no previous wisdom of linguistic thought and little of ordinary grammar. it is going to go well with scholars coming to syntactic conception for the 1st time both as graduates or undergraduates. it is going to even be helpful for these in fields resembling computational technological know-how, synthetic intelligence, or cognitive psychology who want a sound wisdom of present syntactic concept.
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However, there is further evidence that agreement must refer to syntactic relations; this evidence comes from the behaviour of gender features. Many languages have what is called grammatical gender, where words are assigned a gender category (masculine, feminine, neuter) which bears no obvious semantic relation to what the word refers to. A good example comes, again, from Scottish Gaelic, where the word for ‘woman’, boireannach is grammatically masculine. We can see this from the behaviour of adjectives.
However, there are also good morphological reasons to separate these two classes. In many languages, nouns and verbs have different morphological forms, and this can be seen to some extent in English: (37) words ending in -tion, -al, ment,... (all nouns) destruction, elevation, elation, station, eruption, removal, arrival, rebuttal, improvement, enlargement, involvement, replacement words ending in -ise, -ate, -en,... (all verbs) realise, improvise, despise, compartmentalise, computerise, enervate, elevate, deflate, relegate, widen, shorten, blacken Of course, appeal to these particular endings is not infallible.
In the English cases the semantic role of the pronoun whose case is being varied does not seem to change. In both cases, whoever the pronoun refers to is being unhappy. We will see in a later chapter that the semantic role of a word depends on other aspects of its syntax than case, and we shall assume, for the present, that the function of case is purely syntactic, and that it is an uninterpretable feature. One example of how the syntactic structure of a sentence may affect the case of nouns comes from Russian.