I have a question about this tree diagram in The Cambridge Grammar of The English Language (by Huddleston and Pullum):
Please see the tree diagram in the red box of the nominal
preposterous salary from Lloyds. (In CGEL, a nominal corresponds to N' in the X bar theory, and is written in the tree diagram as 'Nom'.)
In , why does
preposterous salary form the first nominal and then combine with the complement
from Lloyds to form the second nominal (the higher one in the tree)? Shouldn't
salary from Lloyds from a first nominal and then combine with
preposterous to form a second one?
Here's another diagram in CGEL:
Here, the nominal
careful analysis of the issues contains the same tree structure not as [5a] but as . And I think that's because the noun
analysis is followed by the complement
of the issues. Hence the question.