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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A Lovely Little Example: Word Order Options and Category Shift in the Premodifying String".
When we look at the second example, a brief scrutiny of the noun phrase 'the covered literary epoch' is enough for us to become aware of an error, which consists in 'covered' being used in premodifying rather than in postmodifying position.
Out of the total number of 149 constructions with light verbs which served as an initial research corpus, as many as 78 (52%) contained an adjectival premodifying element.
This means that in these cases enough has a premodifying position instead of the standard postmodifying one.
In conversation with the informants it was apparent that even the oldest participants, who offered several type of fleuk, did not recognise the premodifying naming method mentioned above, instead using the Standard English names (or very occasionally other local names) for the fish.
Note, that only premodifying elements were considered here.
7) The postnominal coordination of an adjective in a construction with a premodifying adjective, as in sober men and true is a figure of speech in English; if numerals are used, the result is interpreted as a DNE only if the figure is equivalent to a phrase containing a DNE, such as fifteen minutes or twenty.
On the linguistic level, this elaborate conceptualisation in reflected by the insertion of a premodifying adjective before the noun.
In other words, no premodifying elements are realized; and the Head is a form of cohesion achieved though repetition rather than lexical modification.
2) The frequency of premodifying nouas increased sharply after 1500, and the type gold watch (cf German goldene Uhr) made -en adjectives redundant.
The premodifying position in Croatian is reserved for a thing-like (referential) treatment of an item, and this does not correspond very well with the relational (i.
For instance, the main function of the adjective in the premodifying construction is to accentuate certain dimensions of the following noun (see Evans 2006).