Below is a parse result for a sentence from a pseudo language which has VSO order, noun-determiner order, and optional determiners.
Am I right in thinking that the tree on the left should be suppressed? It is licensed currently by the head specifier rule.
Does this mean, in case adpositions are used in a grammar, the Head Spec rule should constrain its SPEC daughter’s HEAD? To just noun? There is a comment saying:
; Rules for building NPs. Note that the Matrix uses SPR for ; the specifier of nouns and SUBJ for the subject (specifier) of verbs. head-spec-phrase := basic-head-spec-phrase & head-initial.
- but I am not sure what it means; there is a separate Head Subject rule always…