14.825, Sum: Adjective/Determiner Inflection in German NPs

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Subject: 14.825, Sum: Adjective/Determiner Inflection in German NPs

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Date:  Wed, 19 Mar 2003 16:46:13 +0000
From:  Andrew Carstairs-McCarthy <andrew.carstairs-mccarthy at canterbury.ac.nz>
Subject:  adjective and determiner inflection in German NPs

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Date:  Wed, 19 Mar 2003 16:46:13 +0000
From:  Andrew Carstairs-McCarthy <andrew.carstairs-mccarthy at canterbury.ac.nz>
Subject:  adjective and determiner inflection in German NPs

Responses to my query a couple of weeks ago yielded a lot of
infomation (Linguist 14.647).

Useful descriptions and discussions that go beyond the pedagogical

Durrell, Martin.  1979. Some problems in the morphology of the German
noun phrase. Transactions of the Philological Society 66-88.

Eisenberg, Peter.  2002. Deutsche Grammatik_ Metzler.

Plank, Frans.  1992.  'Possessives and the distinction between
determiners and modifiers with special reference to German.'  JL
28. 453-

Vater, Heinz.  1979 (or later). _Das System der Artikelformen im
gegenwärtigen Deutsch_ (2nd edition).

OT and OT-like accounts (part 1):

Elgersma, Diana and Houseman, Paul.  1999. Optimality Theory and
Natural Morphology: an analysis of German plural formation. Folia
Linguistica 33, 333-53.

Gallmann, Peter. 1996. Die Steuerung der Flexion in der DP,
Linguistische Berichte 164, 283-314.

---. 1998. Case underspecification in morphology, syntax and the
lexicon, in Alexiadou, Artemis & Wilder, Chris (eds) _Possessives,
Predicates and Movement in the Determiner Phrase_, 141-76.  Amsterdam:

---.  2003.  Feature sharing in DPs, to appear in Gunkel, Müller &
Zifonun (eds), _Explorations in Nominal Inflection_.  Berlin, De

---.  Morphosyntaktische Merkmale in der NP available at his webpage

OT and OT-like accounts (cont.)

Hughes, Michael.  2000.  Noun Phrase Internal Concord in German: a
Morphological Approach.  Linguistic Notes from La Jolla 20:
Proceedings of the fifth annual Southwest Workshop on Optimality

---.  2003.  ''I am currently developing an OT analysis of the
strong/weak alternation in Swedish, Icelandic, and German in my UCSD
dissertation, slated to be completed in May (maybe June).''

Müller, Gereon. 2002. Remarks on Nominal Inflection in German. In
Ingrid Kaufmann & Barbara Stiebels (eds.), _More than Words: A
Festschrift for Dieter Wunderlich_, 113-145.  Berlin: Akademie Verlag.

---. 2002. Syntaktisch determinierter Kasuswegfall in der deutschen
NP. Linguistische Berichte 189, 89-114.

---. 2002. Zwei Theorien der pronominalen Flexion im Deutschen
(Versionen Standard und Mannheim). Ms., IDS Mannheim. To appear in
Deutsche Sprache. (40 pages)

Wegener, Heide.  1999.  Die Pluralbildung im Deutschen: ein Versuch im
Rahmen der Optimalitätstheorie.  Linguistik online 4/3, 1-55.

Wiese, Bernd.  1996. Iconicity and syncretism: n pronominal inflection
in Modern German. _Theoretical Linguistics and Grammatical
Description_.  Robin Sackmann (ed.), 323-344. Amsterdam: Benjamins.

---.  1999.  Unterspezifierte Paradigmen: Form und Function in der
pronominalen Deklination. Linguistik online 4/3, 1-55. Available at

A Distributed Morphology account:

Schlenker, Philippe. 1999.  La flexion de ladjectif en allemand: la
morphologie de haut en bas.  Recherches Linguistiques de Vincennes 28.

Other approaches:

Agel, Vilmos. 1996. 'Finites Substantiv. Zeitschrift für
Germanistische Linguistik 24. 16-57.

Bittner, Dagmar.  2002. Semantisches in der pronominalen Flexion des
Deutschen.  Zeitschrift für Sprachwissenschaft Vol. 21/2.

Blevins, J.  1995.  Syncretism and paradigmatic opposition.
Linguistics and Philosophy 18, 113-152.

Pollard, Carl J.  and Ivan A. Sag.  1994.  _Head-Driven Phrase
Structure Grammar_.  Chicago, London: University of Chicago Press.
[Analysis of German based on work by Dieter Wunderlich.]

Zoeppritz, Magdalena.  1976.  ''On the ordering of nominal elements in
sentences'', in Nickel, Gerhard (ed.) _Proceedings of the Fourth
International Congress of Applied Linguistics_, 3 Bde. Stuttgart:
HochschulVerlag. 1:138-149. Zuvor TN 75.09.

---.  1984.  _Syntax for German in the User Specialty Languages
System_ (Sprache und Information Band 9).  Tübingen: Niemeyer.  Zwicky
in a GPSG framework in Lingua in the late 1980s.

Similar issues in other Germanic languages:

Borjars, Kersti and Mark Donohue. 2000. ''Much ado about nothing:
Features and zeroes in Germanic Noun Phrases''. Studia Linguistica
54(3), 309-353.

Hankamar, Jorge and Line Mikkelsen. 2002. A morphological analysis of
definite nouns in Danish. Journal of Germanic Linguistics 14:2,
137--175.  (The paper is also available from Line Mikkelsen's web
site: http://ling.ucsc.edu/~mikkelse/#PAPERS.)

Subject-Language: German, Standard; Code: GER

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