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    X-bar Tree

    Hello everyone,
    the tree structure for "the very orange kitten" is drawn like this:
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    My question is How can I draw a tree for this one: "the paw of the kitten"

    thanks in advance

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    Re: X-bar Tree

    Your diagram looks suspiciously like it is saying that "the very orange kitten" is a determinative phrase (DP) not a noun phrase NP). Is that what you've been taught?

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    Re: X-bar Tree

    Yes.
    According to Andrew Carnie (Syntax, a Generative Introduction; third edition), that's a determiner phrase, apparently because it starts with a determiner.
    Carnie explains that in modern x-bar theories, a sentence is presented as TP which includes a DP and a VP under a V' node. And sometimes a CP is needed under a VP, like when you say "My mother said that he helped people a lot". Here "my mother" is a DP. "that he helped…" is a CP.
    By the way, my question is how to draw a tree for "the paw of the kitten"?

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