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Misleading Homonymies, Economical PPs in Microvariation, and P as a Probe

Werner Abraham

in Mapping Spatial PPs

Published in print August 2010 | ISBN: 9780195393675
Published online September 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780199796847 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195393675.003.0008

Series: Oxford Studies in Comparative Syntax

                   Misleading Homonymies, Economical PPs in Microvariation, and P as a Probe

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This chapter is devoted to microvariation in the use of morphological case and linear order of PPs in substandard varieties of German, where morphological case plays an important distinguishing role between semantic stativity and directionality of otherwise homonymic PPs. The gist of the chapter is that both prepositions and case need to be divided into the lexical, spatial, type and the grammatical one. The former selects verbal predicates as a probe outside of vP, whereas the grammatical type is merged low and is V-selected. This turns around the traditional idea that only verbs are valence-probing.

Keywords: German; substandard varieties; case; doubling prepositions

Chapter.  11908 words. 

Subjects: Grammar, Syntax and Morphology

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