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    • Adjectival and Genitival Modification in Definite Noun Phrases in Icelandic - A Tale of Outsiders and Inside Jobs 

      Pfaff, Alexander Peter (Doctoral thesis; Doktorgradsavhandling, 2015-06-22)
      Icelandic provides substantial diversity of modification patterns in definite noun phrases not found in other languages. This thesis takes a closer look at that diversity and argues that various (morpho-) syntactic and semantic aspects of adjectival modification can be used as diagnostics for a layered noun phrase structure. I propose that the noun phrase structure can be segmented into four distinct ...
    • Adjectival inflection as diagnostic for structural position: inside and outside the Icelandic definiteness domain 

      Pfaff, Alexander Peter (Journal article; Tidsskriftartikkel; Peer reviewed, 2017-09-25)
      This article attempts to account for the distribution of Icelandic adjectival inflection in a manner that also captures a problematic case that has not been satisfactorily analyzed in the literature. It is argued that weak inflection is triggered if the adjective is c-commanded by a feature [definite]. Strong inflection occurs precisely if weak inflection is not triggered. This implementation accounts ...