A default theory of default case


CAHA Pavel

Year of publication 2023
Type Appeared in Conference without Proceedings
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Arts

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Description Schütze (2001) argues that UG makes use of the so-called Default Case (DEF). The notion refers to “case forms used to spell out nominals that do not receive a case specification in the syntax”. The current paper presents a theory of Default Case in Schütze’s spirit, but one that is more restrictive in terms of the case values allowed for Default Case and its syntactic distribution. A crucial part of the proposal is the idea that English distinguishes between strong and clitic forms of pronouns, and that pronouns such as "me" are three-way ambiguous (clitic accusative, strong accusative/nominative).
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