Jorge Hankamer: Definiteness (in Danish)

April 11, 2013

April 02, 2013

Jorge Hankamer: Definiteness (in Danish): How the morphology of Definiteness interacts with the Syntax and Semantics of Nominal Phrases

Definiteness is a semantic/pragmatic property that is commonly expressed morphologically (i.e. in the shape of certain words) or syntactically (i.e. in the presence of absence of certain words, or in their order). In Danish, the expression of definiteness is particularly interesting, because its manifestation is sensitive to syntactic and semantic properties of the nominal phrase in which it occurs. The present work, which is a collaboration with Professor Line Mikkelsen at Berkeley, employs the morphology of definiteness marking as a probe into the internal structure of nominal phrases.