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10 The Article as a Structural Element

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This chapter explains an examination of various structures in which the article plays a critical role. Each structure is analyzed to determine how information is organized and how this organization is used by the speaker or writers to highlight specific elements or groups. Articular attributive structures have been traditionally defined solely on the basis of the position of the definer. In the so-called first attributive structure, the ordering of the elements is Article-Definer-Head. In the second attributive structure, the ordering of the elements is Article-Head-Article-Definer. When a speaker or writer employs a qualifier in the second attributive structure, the qualifier generally has priority over the determiner in ordering of the group. Prepositional groups may be moved to a position in front of the head term and bracketed by the article and head term. The chapter also explains complex group structures where the article and Head bracket multiple elements.

Keywords: articular attributive structures; Greek article; nominal group structures; prepositional groups; qualifier



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