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The Architecture of Determiners$
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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

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Ein-Determiners

Ein-Determiners

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

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199945238.003.0005

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

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