July 16, 2018
Yadgar Karimi

Yadgar Karimi

Academic rank: Associate professor
Address: Department of English Literature and Linguistics, Faculty of Literature and Foreign Languages, University of Kurdistan, Sanandaj 66177-15175
Education: PhD. in Linguistics
Phone: 09183740853
Faculty: Faculty of Literature and Foreign Languages


Kurdish Ezafe Construction: Implications for DP structure
Type Article
Ezafe construction, grammaticalization, definiteness effect, predicate phrase, minimality
Researchers Yadgar Karimi


In this paper we will try to shed new light on the ‘Ezafe’ construction in Kurdish . Drawing on historical facts and tracing the Ezafe back to its origins on the one hand, and the unified relation of adjectives and possessors to the head nouns, namely modification, on the other hand, we will argue for the existence of the Predicate Phrase which Ezafe realizes its head above the NP. The occurrence of the Ezafe will be attributed to the presence of such a functional head which serves to turn a property expression, assigned to the modifier constituent XP, into a propositional function which in turn needs to be saturated by an argument, that is the head noun. Extending the syntactic realization of predication from clausal domain to nominal domain is part of a broader project which aims at further assimilation of the structure of DPs to clauses.