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By Vera Lee-Schoenfeld

The overarching topic of this quantity is without doubt one of the principal matters of syntactic concept: How neighborhood is syntax, and what are the measures of syntactic locality? it truly is argued the following that circulate and anaphoric kinfolk are ruled through a unified notion of locality: the part. On an empirical point, Beyond Coherence brings jointly 3 strands of study on German syntax: ‘coherence’, the examine of (reduced) infinitive structures; the possessor dative development, with a dative nominal taking part in the twin position of possessor and affectee; and binding, the distribution of anaphors and pronominals. those it appears disparate components of analysis intersect in that the locality constraints at the possessor dative building and binding enable the 2 phenomena to function probes for infinitival clause dimension. providing a Minimalist ‘possessor elevating’ and phase-based binding account, this paintings culminates in a dialogue of the section because the key to a number of the opacity results saw within the publication.

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1), the following examples hint at the generalization 5 See Landau (1999) for a more comprehensive overview of path (a)-type analyses. Isačenko (1965) proposes a dative transformation rule which turns genitive constructions like Der Rücken des Mannes schmerzt (“The man’s back aches”) into the corresponding PDC Dem Mann schmerzt der Rücken (literally “to the man hurts the back”), where the post-nominal genitive des Mannes raises to become the dative dem Mann. Gallmann (1992) argues that, after incorporation of the possessee Nº into Vº, the caseless complement of Nº, namely the possessor-NP, raises and adjoins to V' to get structural dative case from Vº, which assigns both accusative and dative case in this framework.

4. It will become apparent that agents, subjects which originate in Spec NP of the head nominal, have no way of getting to the specifier of the nominal’s DP-projection. Spec DP, however, is precisely the position from which possessor raising is launched. 2 C-command restriction In the data considered thus far, the possessee is either a direct object or a PP that is an argument of the verb. As pointed out by both Guéron (1985) and Borer & Grodzinsky (1986), the possessee cannot be the external argument 10 The Redewendungen edition of the Duden (Drosdowsky & Scholze-Stubenrecht 1992) lists the dative as part of the expression.

In the unmarked (neutral) word order, the dative precedes the accusative nominal, as shown in the embedded clauses in (i) and (ii): (i) … weil Lena der Hund überfahren worden ist. (ii) … weil mir der Arm eingeschlafen ist. GERMAN POSESSOR DATIVES 47 CP), after PD-raising. In the following French examples, the possessee is an inalienably possessed body part. (16) a. Jean semble [TP lui avoir lavé les cheveux]. ” b. *Jean lui semble [TP avoir lavé les cheveux]. (Guéron 1985: p. 48 (18)) As laid out in detail in chapter 3, infinitive clauses with TP or vP-status are opaque for the relation between PD and possessee in German as well.

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