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de·ter·min·er phrase

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  1. Determiner phrase

    In linguistics, a determiner phrase (DP) is a type of phrase posited by some theories of syntax. The head of a DP is a determiner, as opposed to a noun. For example in the phrase the car, the is a determiner and car is a noun; the two combine to form a phrase, and on the DP-analysis, the determiner the is head over the noun car. The existence of DPs is a controversial issue in the study of syntax. The traditional analysis of phrases such as the car is that the noun is the head, which means the phrase is a noun phrase (NP), not a determiner phrase. Beginning in the mid 1980s, an alternative analysis arose that posits the determiner as the head, which makes the phrase a DP instead of an NP.The DP-analysis of phrases such as the car is the majority view in generative grammar today (government and binding theory and minimalist program). Most frameworks outside of generative grammar continue to assume the traditional NP analysis of noun phrases. For instance, representational phrase structure grammars assume NP, e.g. head-driven phrase structure grammar, and most dependency grammars such as meaning-text theory, functional generative description, and lexicase grammar also assume the traditional NP-analysis of noun phrases, word grammar being the one exception. Construction grammar and role and reference grammar also assume NP instead of DP. Determiner phrases are not taught as part of grammar when learning a language in school (as opposed to linguistics classes).

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of determiner phrase in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of determiner phrase in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

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