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On the Existence of DPs and Bi-phasal Nominals in Bangla
Saurov Syed and Andrew Simpson
509-518 (complete paper or proceedings contents)


Bošković (2008, 2009) suggests that languages which do not have (definite) articles are 'NP languages' which do not project a DP level of structure, and supports such an analysis with reference to a number of common syntactic characteristics present in NP languages, which it is claimed can potentially all be attributed to the absence of D/DP. The present paper examines the status of nominal projections in Bangla from the point of view of Bošković's generalizations and argues that although Bangla is an article-less language, hence superficially similar to NP languages such as Serbo-Croatian and Russian, it is not an NP language and rather projects a range of functional categories above NP, including a DP level. Such a conclusion is shown to have an important consequence for cross-linguistic assumptions relating to the phasal architecture of nominal projections: building on work on nominal-internal phases initiated in Syed (2015), this paper suggests that the extended projection of noun phrases may contain two separate phases, in a way that resembles the occurrence of two phasal levels within clauses.

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Proceedings of the 34th West Coast Conference on Formal Linguistics
edited by Aaron Kaplan, Abby Kaplan, Miranda K. McCarvel, and Edward J. Rubin
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