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Glossa: a journal of general linguistics
157 Publications
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  • Resolving (DAT = ACC) ≠ GEN

    The traditional notion of case is too coarse to distinguish between the English prepositional dative and the English shifted dative, the Spanish bare accusative and the Spanish “a” accusative, etc. I show that refining our typology of case to include such distinctions resolves a *ABA counterexample to Caha’s 2009 case hierarchy and I discuss where these new distinctions should be placed in the underlying representation of case.

    The theory and syntactic representation of control structures: An analysis from Amharic

    This paper conducts a detailed syntactic analysis of control structures in Amharic and sheds light on the current approaches to their syntactic representation and the operation thereof. Amharic control structures consist of the following components: (i) they are marked by the specific clause marker (CM) lɨ-; (ii) the control clause always contains an imperfective verb; (iii) the control predicate is fully inflected by phi-features which are coindexical to the matrix subject; (iv) the subject ...

    Integrating syntactic theory and variationist analysis: The structure of negative indefinites in regional dialects of British English

    This paper integrates syntactic theory and variationist analysis in an investigation of the variation between English not-negation (I don’t have any money), no-negation (I have no money) and negative concord (I don’t have no money). Using corpora of three varieties of UK English spoken in Glasgow, Tyneside and Salford respectively, I test two theoretical accounts of the variation. Account 1 applies Zeijlstra’s (2004) agreement-based theory of negative concord to all three variants, such that ...

    How (not) to derive a *ABA: The case of Blansitt’s generalisation

    In this paper, I provide an account for the so-called Blansitt’s generalisation (Blansitt 1988). The generalisation says that in the linear sequence DATIVE—ALLATIVE—LOCATIVE, only adjacent functions may be marked the same. In previous work (Bobaljik 2012; Starke 2009; Caha 2009), analogous *ABA patterns have been encoded by the so-called feature cumulation. Feature cumulation means that the amount of features characteristic for individual categories monotonically grows in the order given in a...

    Review of Grammatical theory: From transformational grammar to constraint-based approaches, volumes 1 and 2, 2016

    This review takes a closer look at Stefan Müller’s (2016) recent open-access textbook that surveys grammatical theories (with a focus on syntax).
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