By William H. Brown
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The order and behavior of the premodifier (an adjective, or different editing observe that looks earlier than a noun) has lengthy been a puzzle to syntacticians and semanticists. Why do we say 'the genuine purple ball', yet now not 'the pink real ball'? And why, conversely, perform a little different premodifiers have unfastened edition in sentences; for instance we will be able to say either 'German and English speakers' and 'English and German speakers'?
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Ic eac laere öaet hira nan öara ne wilnie de hine unwaerlice bega" 'and I also advise that none of them desire them who might manage it rashly'. A. 20. on ealra dara gewitnesse 'in the cognizance of all of those' 1. Head and (Demonstrative + Noun). Fifty-five examples. The structure of modification either precedes or follows the head, but within it the demonstrative precedes the noun. 22. 21. "for dxs lareowes öreaunga" 'because of the teacher's reproof'. 25. 8. 16. 19. "to anra dara burga" 'to one of the cities'.
15. 7. 6. 33. "Sodomwara hream & Gomorwara" 'the shouting of the men of Sodom and Gomorrah'. 11 5. Head and (Adjective + Demonstrative). Two examples. 20. 6. zlces öara god 'the advantages of each one of those' C. Phrases with three genitive modifiers. 16. 15. 11. 11. , although the order of the modifiers is reversed in the English. A. ). 13. 23. 13. nane w u h t . . 20. 23. nane w u h t . . 2. 13. nane w u h t . . 7. onwald . . dxs beswincenan modes 'power over the deceived mind' The modifier in the first three of those four is a partitive genitive.
7. onwald . . dxs beswincenan modes 'power over the deceived mind' The modifier in the first three of those four is a partitive genitive. 2. "öara goda sum"). 16. 18. 13. sanctus Paulus lare sume 'some of St. 11. dxre leohtmodnesse undeawes nanwuht 'nothing of the vice of levity' Thus in just five examples does a noun that is a partitive genitive precede its head. 8. Summary In phrases with adjectival modifiers the modifier(s) usually precedes the head ("da halgan gewritu"). Nineteen examples (less than five percent of the total) have the modifier following the head: eight are with a numerical adjective ("öa unöeawas ealle"), three with self (which never precedes), and five with a coordinate structure of modification ("gotfe stencas & yfele").