Network Core Mechanisms of Exponence

Dalrymple, Mary and Kaplan, Ronald M. (2000)


(= Surrey 33) In the first part, feature resolution with syncretic nominals is explored. Underspecification and disjunction analyses are rejected in favor of a representation composed of sets of atomic values (e.g. the Polish relative kogo ‘whom’ is analyzed as {acc, gen}, and can serve simultaneously as the object of lubi ‘loves’, which takes the accusative, and nienawidzi ‘hates’, which takes the genitive); the discussion focuses largely on free relatives in German. A similar approach is advocated for noun class agreement in Bantu languages. In the second part resolution of person features of coordinated verb subjects is treated. Although (plural) person values are broken up into atomic values (s=speaker, h=hearer, whereby, in languages without a 1st person inclusive/excusive distinction, {s,h} = 1st person, {h} = 2nd person and {} = 3rd person), syncretism per se is not treated.

authorDalrymple, Mary and Kaplan, Ronald M.
titleFeature indeterminacy and feature resolution


    author = {Dalrymple, Mary and Kaplan, Ronald M.},
    year = {2000},
    title = {Feature indeterminacy and feature resolution},
    journal = {Language},
    volume = {76},
    pages = {759-798},
last changed: