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The definiteness feature at the syntax–semantics interface

Gabi Danon

in Features

Published in print August 2010 | ISBN: 9780199577743
Published online September 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780191722844 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199577743.003.0006
 							The definiteness feature at the syntax–semantics interface

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Based on cross‐linguistic differences in the interpretation of genitive constructions, this chapter argues that there are two strategies for interpreting complex nominals: one that relies on sharing a monovalent morphosyntactic definiteness feature, and one that does not; the former is restricted to languages like Hebrew that have a definiteness feature.

Keywords: definiteness; feature; feature spreading; feature sharing; Hebrew; definite; indefinite; construct state; genitive; noun phrase

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Subjects: Semantics

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