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Functional HeadsThe Cartography of Syntactic Structures, Volume 7$
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Laura Brugé, Anna Cardinaletti, Giuliana Giusti, Nicola Munaro, and Cecilia Poletto

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199746736

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199746736.001.0001

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A Note on Dative Incompatibility Suppression

A Note on Dative Incompatibility Suppression

(p.220) A Note on Dative Incompatibility Suppression
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Henk van Riemsdijk

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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

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