Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
The Architecture of Determiners$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Thomas Leu

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199945238

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199945238.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (oxford.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Oxford University Press, 2021. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in OSO for personal use. date: 08 December 2021

xAP

xAP

Chapter:
(p.40) 3 xAP
Source:
The Architecture of Determiners
Author(s):

Thomas Leu

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199945238.003.0003

The weak/strong adjectival inflection alternation is a notorious problem in the morphosyntax of German. The chapter propose a real alternative to any previous approach. The central traits of his proposal are (a) setting aside dative and genitive morphology (a move defended in Chapter 7) and (b) moving the adjective to the left periphery of its own extended projection (xAP), across an agreement head which hosts the strong agreement morpheme. This movement is blocked in the presence of a (definite) adjectival article in the xAP left periphery, accounting for the lack of strong agreement in definite contexts. The proposal finds independent support in polydefinite DPs and in Scandinavian “double definiteness,” as well as in the analyses of demonstrative and other determiners. It also receives a priori unexpected support from the parallelism between the proposed syntax of the adjective in xAP and that of the finite verb in the German clause.

Keywords:   adjective agreement, extended adjectival projection, weak/strong declension, adjectival article, polydefiniteness, adjectives as relative clauses

Oxford Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .