Strong noun phrase

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Strong noun phrase is a noun phrase that is excluded (by the definiteness restriction) as the subject of a there-insertion sentence. The term was introduced by Milsark (1977) to cover both ordinary definite noun phrases like the boy, but also proper names, pronouns, and quantified noun phrases like every boy and most boys. Milsark (1977) characterizes strong noun phrases as noun phrases that can not be existentially quantified by there, either because they are proper names or pronouns or because they are already quantified (by the, those, every etc.).



  • Milsark, G.L. 1977. Toward an explanation of certain peculiarities of the existential construction in English, Linguistic Analysis 3, pp.1-29
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