The Role of Case in Adpositional Phrases (Czech, Slavic and beyond)

Authors

CAHA Pavel

Year of publication 2016
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Arts

Citation
Description Both in traditional and generative theories (even descriptions), adpositions are usually assumed to mark their complements for case. In the talk, I show that this view leads to a paradox in understanding the diachronic development of case in Slavic (as reflected by current differences between South vs. East/West Slavic). Reporting on work by Joost Zwarts, we will see the very same paradox in the formal semantic composition of PPs. The alternative I am going to argue for is that case marking applies to a whole PP (composed of an adposition and its complement).
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