The Cross-Linguistic Distribution of Adjective Ordering Restrictions



English displays well-known restrictions on the ordering of multiple prenominal adjectival modifiers (see Bloomfield, 1933; Whorf, 1945; Lance, 1968; Vendler, 1968; Quirk et al, 1972 among numerous others). Most descriptions include a hierarchy such as the following: QUALITY > SIZE > SHAPE > COLOR > PROVENANCE.1


Noun Phrase Direct Modifier Relative Clause Direct Modification Head Noun 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.


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© Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 1991

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.AT&T Bell Laboratories, MH 2D-451Murray HillUSA

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