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Anna Kibort and Greville G. Corbett

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199577743

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199577743.001.0001

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The definiteness feature at the syntax–semantics interface

The definiteness feature at the syntax–semantics interface

(p.143) 6 The definiteness feature at the syntax–semantics interface

Gabi Danon

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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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