Prédire la position de l'adjectif épithète en français : approche quantitative

Abstract : The paper provides a quantitative study (on the syntax) of the placement alternation for the adjective within the noun phrase in French. Taking the hypothesis that posi- tion constraints are mostly preferential as a starting point, we develop a methodol- ogy based on statistical inference in order to provide a formal account of the relative importance of three different groups of constraints: combinatorial, frequency and length, and lexical constraints. The study highlights the clear importance of lexi- cal constraints for deciding the effective position of the adjective within the noun phrase. We conclude the paper by bringing some elements of discussion for two is- sues: the interaction between lexicon and grammar (or storage versus computation) and the underlying methodology for a probability-based study of syntax.
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Juliette Thuilier, Gwendoline Fox, Benoît Crabbé. Prédire la position de l'adjectif épithète en français : approche quantitative. Lingvisticae Investigationes, Philadelphia; Amsterdam: John Benjamins, 2012, 35 (1). ⟨hal-00698896⟩

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