A Note on Dative Incompatibility Suppression

Henk van Riemsdijk

in Functional Heads

Published in print June 2012 | ISBN: 9780199746736
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199949519 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Studies in Comparative Syntax

A Note on Dative Incompatibility Suppression

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This chapter focuses on the German cases in which dative case is selected by different classes of prepositions and discusses the restrictions on its phonetic spell-out. It shows that case underspecification should not be specified at the level of the case feature make up of the morpheme, but is context-dependent. Underspecification should therefore be understood as a property of the PF-interface. The direction in which the case governor governs its dependent appears to be a determining factor.

Keywords: German cases; dative case; prepositions

Chapter.  4881 words. 

Subjects: Grammar, Syntax and Morphology

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