|Yolanda López Arca, 2016: "Los adjetivos de relación como núcleo
de frases adjetivas",
Onomázein 34, 351-380.
In this article we deal with the question of relational adjectives being able to function as
head adjectives inside adjectival phrases. In the first part we focus on the analysis of
examples with two relational adjectives modifying the same noun. We analyze different
ways of encoding the string of two adjectives and we propose that this grammatical
construction must be analyzed as follows: [[N+A]+A]. In the second part examples with an
adverb placed between a noun and a relational adjective are analyzed. We prove that
restrictions are different dependant on the nature of the adverb. The combination with
degree quantifiers is possible, but it leads to a qualifying interpretation of the adjective.
However, the combination with focus quantifiers and many adverbs ending in –mente do
not entail this meaning change. In these cases we propose that relational adjectives are
entitled to function as adjectival heads inside adjectival phrases.