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On the edge of acceptability: arguments for the syntactic dependence of the Flemish external possessor on the possessee DP

Liisa Buelens UGent and Tijs D'Hulster (2014) PHRASIS (GENT) : STUDIES IN LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE. 50(2). p.51-93
abstract
This paper provides arguments for a syntactic dependency between the possessor DP and the possessee DP in the Flemish External Possessor pattern (FEP). In the FEP-pattern, the possessor DP resides in a position external to the complex DP, which expresses the possession and hosts the possessee DP (Haegeman & van Koppen, 2011). We argue that syntactic dependency discerns the FEP-pattern from superficially similar patterns like the German Possessive Pronoun Dative (Lee-Schoenfeld’s (2006) Non-Possessor Dative; GPPD). In the GPPD, the external possessor-like dative argument is base-generated in an affectee position and does not carry the possessor role, only receiving a possessor interpretation through coreference with the possessive pronoun in the lower possessee DP. Instead, an analysis of the FEP along the lines of the one provided for the German Definite Article Dative (Lee-Schoenfeld’s (2006) Possessor Dative; GDAD) is applicable to the FEP. The external possessor carries two theta-roles (affectee and possessor) and is syntactically dependent on its possessee DP (through either movement, control or binding). Furthermore, we present the results of a magnitude estimation norming test gauging the syntactic acceptability of the FEP-pattern, showing that individual judgements on its acceptability vary, but that it is more often accepted in West-Flemish than in Brabant dialects.
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Syntactic dependency, Flemish External Possession, Non-Possessor Dative, Possessor Dative, External Possession, German Possessive Pronoun Dative, German Definite Article Dative, Magnitude estimation, affectees, possessors, West-Flemish, Brabant
journal title
PHRASIS (GENT) : STUDIES IN LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE
volume
50
issue
2
pages
51 - 93
publisher
Academia Press
ISSN
2030-5265
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FWO-3GOA4912W
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BOF-01J13911
language
English
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A2
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c:vabb:399955
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VABB-1
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5785802
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http://hdl.handle.net/1854/LU-5785802
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2014-12-18 14:02:56
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  abstract     = {This paper provides arguments for a syntactic dependency between the possessor DP and the possessee DP in the Flemish External Possessor pattern (FEP). In the FEP-pattern, the possessor DP resides in a position external to the complex DP, which expresses the possession and hosts the possessee DP (Haegeman \& van Koppen, 2011). We argue that syntactic dependency discerns the FEP-pattern from superficially similar patterns like the German Possessive Pronoun Dative (Lee-Schoenfeld{\textquoteright}s (2006) Non-Possessor Dative; GPPD). In the GPPD, the external possessor-like dative argument is base-generated in an affectee position and does not carry the possessor role, only receiving a possessor interpretation through coreference with the possessive pronoun in the lower possessee DP. Instead, an analysis of the FEP along the lines of the one provided for the German Definite Article Dative (Lee-Schoenfeld{\textquoteright}s (2006) Possessor Dative; GDAD) is applicable to the FEP. The external possessor carries two theta-roles (affectee and possessor) and is syntactically dependent on its possessee DP (through either movement, control or binding). Furthermore, we present the results of a magnitude estimation norming test gauging the syntactic acceptability of the FEP-pattern, showing that individual judgements on its acceptability vary, but that it is more often accepted in West-Flemish than in Brabant dialects.},
  author       = {Buelens, Liisa and D'Hulster, Tijs},
  issn         = {2030-5265},
  journal      = {PHRASIS (GENT) : STUDIES IN LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE},
  keyword      = {Syntactic dependency,Flemish External Possession,Non-Possessor Dative,Possessor Dative,External Possession,German Possessive Pronoun Dative,German Definite Article Dative,Magnitude estimation,affectees,possessors,West-Flemish,Brabant},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {2},
  pages        = {51--93},
  publisher    = {Academia Press},
  title        = {On the edge of acceptability: arguments for the syntactic dependence of the Flemish external possessor on the possessee DP},
  volume       = {50},
  year         = {2014},
}

Chicago
Buelens, Liisa, and Tijs D’Hulster. 2014. “On the Edge of Acceptability: Arguments for the Syntactic Dependence of the Flemish External Possessor on the Possessee DP.” Phrasis (gent) : Studies in Language and Literature 50 (2): 51–93.
APA
Buelens, Liisa, & D’Hulster, T. (2014). On the edge of acceptability: arguments for the syntactic dependence of the Flemish external possessor on the possessee DP. PHRASIS (GENT) : STUDIES IN LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE, 50(2), 51–93.
Vancouver
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Buelens L, D’Hulster T. On the edge of acceptability: arguments for the syntactic dependence of the Flemish external possessor on the possessee DP. PHRASIS (GENT) : STUDIES IN LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE. Academia Press; 2014;50(2):51–93.
MLA
Buelens, Liisa, and Tijs D’Hulster. “On the Edge of Acceptability: Arguments for the Syntactic Dependence of the Flemish External Possessor on the Possessee DP.” PHRASIS (GENT) : STUDIES IN LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE 50.2 (2014): 51–93. Print.