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This index presents a list of terms and concepts relevant to the study of syntactic account for the internal structure of Vocative Phrases. The main argument of the book is that vocatives are syntactic items computed in narrow syntax. The evidence provided in this respect came from constraints that were shown to apply in the derivation of the vocative constituents (its internal structure) and in the way the vocative constituent relates to the clause (the external licensing). In particular, the manipulation of definite articles, augments, type of Vocative Particles, or similar grammaticalization strategies in a number of unrelated languages indicate a systematic pattern by which the vocative noun is embedded under a functional field (i.e., the vocative phrase VocP) to which features concerning the addressee semantics are mapped.

Keywords: syntactic items; vocative noun; Vocative Phrases



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