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Offline Natalia

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Adjective phrase
« on: August 04, 2017, 06:28:31 AM »
Can you tell me if "free and open" in "the free and open Internet story" should be analysed as an adjective phrase? In general, I wonder if A+and+A can be treated as an adjective phrase.

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Re: Adjective phrase
« Reply #1 on: August 06, 2017, 05:54:05 AM »
Yes. It's an adjective phrase. It's two conjoined adjectives (or adjective phrases), forming a larger adjective phrase.

Of course syntactic theories may treat coordination in complex ways (such as calling it a "Conjunction Phrase") but it behaves externally like an adjective phrase because it can act like an adjective.

As for how those words combine, you might look into either binomials or hendiadys because that's possibly a frozen combination that isn't entirely compositional. (It can still be treated literally, but it's sort of like a renaming, so a type of hendiadys.)
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Re: Adjective phrase
« Reply #2 on: August 08, 2017, 02:32:29 AM »
Thank you.
Given your explanation, I understand that, for example, in "peer-to-peer communication", "peer-to-peer" is a noun phrase (two nouns linked with the preposition "to"), right?

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Re: Adjective phrase
« Reply #3 on: August 08, 2017, 12:56:18 PM »
That's a different situation. Coordination simply joins two or more of the same category then acts like that same category. "Peer-to-peer" is a compound based on a noun phrase including a prepositional phrase.
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Re: Adjective phrase
« Reply #4 on: August 10, 2017, 01:21:04 AM »
So if I were to name what type of phrase is "peer-to-peer", it is a noun phrase that includes a prepositional phrase?
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Re: Adjective phrase
« Reply #5 on: August 10, 2017, 10:18:34 AM »
Correct, if you consider it to still have syntactic structure, as a compound.
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Re: Adjective phrase
« Reply #6 on: August 10, 2017, 12:44:13 PM »
OK. Thank you for your help.