The structure of DPs

Look at the following examples:

a) [DP Much money] was stolen in a bank robbery last night.
b) [DP My sister's car] has broken down.
c) [DP Oil] was leaking from a gas furnace.
d) [DP The bus] stopped at a traffic light.

For each DP, identify the element that is situated in the head position and indicate the abstract features on the the head D. List the complement and specifier. Name the category of those heads, complements and specifiers that are overtly realised

  • If the head is not overtly realised, or if specifiers are absent, insert "/".
  • To indicate the abstract head features, choose from the following list of abbreviations: (+tns/+agr); (-tns/-agr); (+WH); (-WH); (+poss).
  • Use the following abbreviations to indicate the category: NP, DP, VP, AP, PP, AdvP, IP, CP for phrases. If heads or specifiers are not lexically realised, insert "/".

a) [DP Much money] was stolen in a bank robbery last night.
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b) [DP My sister's car] has broken down.


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c) [DP Oil] was leaking from a gas furnace.
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d) [DP The bus] stopped at a traffic light.
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2. Draw a simplified tree diagram to represent the structure of each DP.

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