On the distribution of genitive phrases in rumanian

Alexander Grosu*

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It is argued that the distribution of genitive phrases in English and Rumanian is determined by a common core of properties: genitive case is assigned under adjacency and by a single element of category D(et)°. Differences between the two languages in the domain under consideration are limited to the nature of the case assigner, the manner in which case-assignment configurations arise, and the direction of assignment by functional' categories. A variety of Rumanian genitival constructions are analyzed in a way which provides independent support for the recently proposed ‘DP’ analysis of nominal phrases.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)931-950
Number of pages20
Issue number6
StatePublished - 1988


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