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Message 1: adjective and determiner inflection in German NPs

Date: Wed, 19 Mar 2003 16:46:13 +0000
From: Andrew Carstairs-McCarthy <andrew.carstairs-mccarthycanterbury.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
textbooks: 

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
gegenw�rtigen 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:
Benjamins.

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

---. Morphosyntaktische Merkmale in der NP available at his webpage
http://www.personal.uni-jena.de/~x1gape/


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
Theory.

---. 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).''

M�ller, 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 Optimalit�tstheorie. 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
http://www.linguistik-online.de/3_99/wiese.html


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 f�r
Germanistische Linguistik 24. 16-57.

Bittner, Dagmar. 2002. Semantisches in der pronominalen Flexion des
Deutschen. Zeitschrift f�r 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). T�bingen: 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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