Cover: Review of [The Definite Article] [in English Transformations].

Review of [The Definite Article] [in English Transformations].

Published 1969

by Ray Jackendoff

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The intent of Beverly L. Robbins' book is to confirm Henry Hiz' conjecture that, in the framework of Harris' theory of transformations, anaphoric and determinative [the] are entirely absent from kernel sentences and can always be introduced as transformational constants. The book develops transformations for deriving individual noun phrase constructions containing the definite article. Aside from anaphoric [the] the constructions all receive workmanlike treatment. No attempt is made to explain why, given the large number of transformations that produce noun phrase constructions, so many introduce determinative [the] as a transformational constant. The reviewer also presents three cases in which Robbins' analysis for anaphoric [the] cannot work. 11 pp.

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