premodify

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premodify

(priːˈmɒdɪfaɪ)
vb (tr) , -fies, -fying or -fied
1. to modify something in advance
2. (Linguistics) to modify a word or phrase by means of a preceding element
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97): they permit the replacement of postmodifiers (relative clauses, -ing clauses, prepositional phrases)with shorter premodifiers.
1985) Complex compounds (TRIMBLE, 1985) More complex compounds (TRIMBLE, 1985) Very complex compounds (TRIMBLE, 1985) Noun phrases with multiple premodifiers (BIBER et al.
The premodifiers may include nouns (proper names for products/brands or those denoting substance as `silver') and attributive adjectives along with other classes as determiners, numerals etc.
In these cases, the English gerund can be preceded by nominal premodifiers (such as the definite article "the", the possessive pronoun, the negation "no" or the indefinite pronoun):
One of the basic things students actually need to do here is identify what counts as an adjective in premodified NPs and what does not, and further to distinguish between evaluative and descriptive uses of premodifiers.
The variations can also appear in the premodifiers of the same noun, like in WN3 (3.
All premodifiers and postmodifiers of the timex must be included in the extent of the TIMEX2 tag,e.
On the other hand, notwithstanding the central position of the head (= "nucleus") in the nominal phrase, the role of adnominal premodifiers (= "satellites") should not be underestimated.
Accurate, highly efficient syntactic taggers are available, and some compound terms, like head nouns and premodifiers, are easily extractable from tagged text [3].
Figures 3a and 3b show the relative frequency of the s-genitive and the of-genitive according to the number of premodifiers to the possessor, Figure 3a for human possessors, and Figure 3b for inanimate possessors.
Starting from this minimum degree of specification, the structural complexity of NPs can be further extended by adding adnominal premodifiers and postmodifiers.
Finally, as to the nouns used attributively, the most important thing is the fact that all nouns have a potential to be used as premodifiers of any nouns.