Saturday, August 08, 2009

Happy National Day

There’re two ways of analysing Happy National Day as a noun phrase.

The more obvious analysis, perhaps, is to treat the adjectives happy and national as premodifiers of the head noun day, hence [ happy national [day] ].

The other is to treat national day as a single head noun, and happy as the sole premodifier, hence [ happy [national day] ]. This is perhaps the better analysis since national day is thought of as a single idea.

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