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Deep properties of surface pronouns : pronominal predicate anaphors in Norwegian and other Germanic languages
(Conference object; Konferansebidrag, 2012)
Icelandic Case and the Structure of Events
(Journal article; Tidsskriftartikkel; Peer reviewed, 2002)
I argue in this paper for a novel analysis of case in Icelandic, with implications for case theory in general. I argue that structural case is the manifestation on the noun phrase of features which are semantically interpretable on verbal projections. Thus, Icelandic case does not encode features of noun phrase interpretation, but it is not uninterpretable either; case is properly seen as reflecting ...
Drowning “into” the river in North Sámi : uses of the Illative
(Conference object; Konferansebidrag, 2010)
Slavic prefixes inside and outside VP
(Journal article; Tidsskriftartikkel; Peer reviewed, 2004)
Most Slavic prefixes can be assigned to one of two large categories, lexical and superlexical. The lexical prefixes are like Germanic particles, in having resultative meanings, often spatial, but often idiosyncratic. The superlexical prefixes are like adverbs or auxiliary verbs, having aspectual and quantificational meanings. I present a syntactic account of the two types of prefix, arguing that the ...
Limits on P: filling in holes vs. falling in holes
(Journal article; Tidsskriftartikkel; Peer reviewed, 2003)
All Germanic languages make extensive use of verb-particle combinations (known as separable-prefix verbs in the OV languages). I show some basic differences here distinguishing the Scandinavian type from the OV West Germanic languages, with English superficially patterning with Scandinavian but actually manifesting a distinct type. Specifically, I argue that the P projection is split into p and P ...
The Emergence of Axial Parts
(Journal article; Tidsskriftartikkel, 2006)
Many languages have specialized locative words or morphemes translating roughly into words like ‘front,’ ‘back,’ ‘top,’ ‘bottom,’ ‘side,’ and so on. Often, these words are used instead of more specialized adpositions to express spatial meanings corresponding to ‘behind,’ ‘above,’ and so on. I argue, on the basis of a cross-linguistic survey of such expressions, that in many cases they motivate a ...
Non-concatenative morphology as epiphenomenon
(Chapter; Bokkapittel, 2011)
Non-concatenative morphological phenomena appear on the face of it to require a powerful morphological component, capable of more than straightforward addition of affixes consisting of segmental material. The chapter proposes that the full range of non-concatenative phenomena may be completely accounted for in piece-based terms using analytical tools that are independently necessary. These phenomena ...
Slavic prefixes and morphology. An Introduction to the Nordlyd volume
(Journal article; Tidsskriftartikkel, 2004)
This is an introduction to a special volume of Nordlyd available at http://www.ub.uit.no/munin/nordlyd/. It outlines those aspects of Slavic verbal morphology which are of relevance to the papers in the volume, explaining various background assumptions, analytic motivations, and glossing conventions along the way, with reference to the papers in the volume. A full list of abbreviations for all the ...
Deriving the Functional Hierarchy
(Journal article; Tidsskriftartikkel; Peer reviewed, 2014-11)
There is a tension between Chomsky's recent Minimalist theory and the cartographic program initiated by Cinque. Cinque's cartography argues for a large number of fine-grained categories organized in one or more universal Rich Functional Hierarchies (RFH). The subtlety of the evidence and the richness of the inventory virtually force an innatist approach. In contrast, Chomsky argues for a minimal ...
Deep properties of surface pronouns: Pronominal predicate anaphors in Norwegian and German
(Journal article; Tidsskriftartikkel; Peer reviewed, 2013-10)