[developers] MOD value in predicative only adjectives

Woodley Packard sweaglesw at sweaglesw.org
Thu Apr 24 23:16:32 CEST 2014

Interesting question, T.J.; I would also like to know the answer to this one.  One side effect seems to be the prediction that the following string is grammatical:

The dogs awake arise.

i.e. the predicative-only adjective "awake" is allowed to modify post-nominally.  To me this is a surprising prediction; but maybe those on the list with more flexible minds won't have an issue with it.  Other constructions such as "I found the dogs awake." get their own analysis, with the "awake" predicate a scopal argument of "find," so they can't be the explanation here.


On Apr 24, 2014, at 1:57 PM, "T.J. Trimble" <trimblet at me.com> wrote:

> So, two related questions about the ERG or about these sort of constructions in other grammars/languages:
> 1) Are there any examples of the MOD value of these predicative only adjectives being utilized?
> 2) Is there any compelling reason to use PRD +/– to constrain this instead of MOD < >?

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