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Title: To pronounce or not to pronounce : locating silent heads in Chinese and English
Authors: Liao, R
Shi, D 
Keywords: Silent head
Comparative syntax
Issue Date: 2013
Publisher: 香港中文大學中國文化硏究所吳多泰中國語文硏究中心
Source: 中國語文研究 (Studies in Chinese Linguistics), 2013, v. 34, no. 1, p. 55-65 How to cite?
Journal: 中國語文研究 (Studies in Chinese Linguistics) 
Abstract: We argue that functional categories, on a par with silent nouns (Kayne 2005), may exist in silent/unpronounced forms in syntax. Based on modifiers in the nominal domains, we provide a diagnostic for such silent projections. Our hypothesis is evidenced by two apparent NP-modifiers: whole/zheng and same/tong. We show that they should not be analyzed as modifiers of NP, but modifiers of nominal functional categories. The former modifier whole/zheng provides evidence that English, like Chinese, should have a projection of classifier, but unlike Chinese, such a classifier projection is unpronounced. The latter modifier same/tong indicates that Chinese can also have a silent definite article. The analysis therefore supports the hypothesis of uniform syntax.
ISSN: 1017-1274
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