Functional Projections
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The existence of functional projections in a particular language may be motivated on the basis of different kinds of evidence, relating both to X0/head-level items and also phrasal categories. Frequently it is the occurrence of independent words (heads) or inflectional morphemes with primarily functional-grammatical rather than lexical-descriptive properties that is presented as evidence for the occurrence of functional projections in a language, especially when the distribution of such elements seems linked to certai…

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Andrew SIMPSON, “Functional Projections”, in: Encyclopedia of Chinese Language and Linguistics, General Editor Rint Sybesma. Consulted online on 16 February 2019 <>
First published online: 2015

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