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Title: Explorations in Nominal Inflection
Edited By: Gereon Müller
Lutz Gunkel
Gisela Zifonun
URL: http://www.degruyter.de/rs/bookSingle.cfm?id=IS-3110182874-1&fg=SK&l=E
Series Title: Interface Explorations 10
Description:

"Explorations in Nominal Inflection" is a collection of new articles that focus on nominal inflection markers in different languages. The studies are concerned with the morphological inventories of markers, their syntactic distribution, and, importantly, the interaction between the two. As a result, the contributions shed new light on the morphology/syntax interface, and on the role of morpho-syntactic features in mediating between the two components. Issues that feature prominently throughout are inflection class, case, gender, number, animacy, syncretism, iconicity, agreement, the status of paradigms, the nature of morpho-syntactic features, and the structure of nominal projections. Recurrent analytical tools involve the concepts of competition (optimality, specificity), underspecification, and economy, in various theoretical frameworks.

Of interest to: Research Libraries, Teachers and Advanced Students of
Linguistics (Syntax and Morphology).

Date of Publication: 12/2004

Gereon Müller is Professor at the German Department, University of Leipzig.
Lutz Gunkel is Researcher at the Institut für Deutsche Sprache, Mannheim.
Gisela Zifonun is Professor of Linguistics and head of the Grammar Group at the Instiut für Deutsche Sprache, Mannheim.



From the Contents:

Introduction
GEREON MÜLLER, LUTZ GUNKEL, & GISELA ZIFONUN

Inflection Class, Gender and DP Internal Structure
ARTEMIS ALEXIADOU

Inflection Classes and Economy
JAMES P. BLEVINS

Left of Number. Animacy and Plurality in German Nouns
PETER EISENBERG & ULRIKE SAYATZ

Feature Sharing in DPs
PETER GALLMANN

A Topological Schema for Noun Phrases in German
PAWEL KARNOWSKI & JÜRGEN PAFEL

On Decomposing Inflection Class Features: Syncretism in Russian Noun
Inflection
GEREON MÜLLER

A Factorial Typology of Number Marking in Noun Phrases: The Tension between
Economy and Faithfulness
ALBERT ORTMANN

Feature Checking, Case, and Agreement in German DPs
WOLFGANG STERNEFELD

Feminine vs. Non-Feminine Noun Phrases in German
ROLF THIEROFF

Categories and Paradigms. On Underspecification in Russian Declension
BERND WIESE

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