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Lecture

Matching locatives with places

  • Ora Matushansky (CNRS)
Date
Thursday 9 March 2017
Time
Location
Lipsius
Cleveringaplaats 1
2311 BD Leiden
Room
30

Abstract

An extremely robust but previously unnoticed cross-linguistic generalization is that the distribution of locative cases is frequently restricted to a specific subset of DPs: demonstratives, some classes of toponyms and a closed set of common nouns. I will provide examples from a number of languages of how exactly this restriction can play out and argue for the availability of locus denotation for some nouns, explaining this phenomenon.

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