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: 20 January 2022



(p.115) 5 Ein-Determiners
The Architecture of Determiners

Thomas Leu

Oxford University Press

Chapter 5 addresses determiners containing ein (in German, which subsumes so-called ein-words). Based on co-occurrence restrictions between (properties of) elements to the right of ein and elements to the left of it, it is proposed that ein always has a (possibly unpronounced) element, an operator (OP), to the left of it, and that that OP is movement-related to a position to the right of ein, akin to so-called “degree fronting” in English. The author refers to the fronting-movement as INV (evoking inversion). Whether a certain element undergoes INV or not seems to be ”parameterized.” The fronted constituent may seem small, e.g., m-ein ‘my’ and k-ein ‘no’. But it is a complex phrase. The chapter discusses the derivational complexity and options involved in possessive determiners; and it concludes, drawing in part on evidence from Hungarian, that the contrast between nonfeminine sein ‘his’ and feminine ihr ‘her’ involves two distinct possessor positions.

Keywords:   indefinite article, numerals, words containing ein, possessives, inversion inside of words

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 .