The core idea of X-bar theory is that it has what is called 'bar-level projection' or 'intermediate projection', which is normally represented by X'. And X represents any of the categories N, V, Adj, Adv, P, etc.

In an NP, X' is N'. The Cambridge Grammar of The English Language calls N' nominal while calling V' VP, as follows:

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Is there any reason why they don't call N' NP just as they call V' VP?

Is term 'nominal' referring to N' well received by modern linguists? Or is there any other (better) term for N'?

  • That looks like very eclectic terminology. V' should not be called VP. – curiousdannii Feb 8 at 10:10
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    @curiousdannii I don't know what's wrong with calling analysed the issues a VP. – JK2 Feb 8 at 10:24
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    In isolation it's a VP, but in "carefully analysed the issues" its a V'. – curiousdannii Feb 8 at 10:37
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    The distinction only matters in bar-room discussions. – jlawler Feb 8 at 21:17
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    @jlawler Hope that's not X-bar room you're talking about. – JK2 Feb 9 at 0:48

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