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.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationFeatures
Subtitle of host publicationPerspectives on a Key Notion in Linguistics
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Electronic)9780191722844
ISBN (Print)9780199577743
StatePublished - 1 Sep 2010

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  • Construct state
  • Definite
  • Definiteness
  • Feature
  • Feature sharing
  • Feature spreading
  • Genitive
  • Hebrew
  • Indefinite
  • Noun phrase


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