Dimensions of variation in the expression of functional features: modelling definiteness in LFG

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Abstract

The exponents of functional features show a range of variation that cannotbe captured even by dichotomies such as the clitic-affix distinction, noteven when extended to include categories such as phrasal affix. A multidimensionalparallel correspondence theory such as Lexical-Functional Grammaris eminently suited to dealing with the full range of variation. However,some of the patterns we find in languages involve extensions to the standardconstructional formalism of LFG. In this paper we look at some challengingpatterns of distribution exemplified by the definiteness feature and compareanalyses expressed in terms of standard LFG formalism with those capturedin a specification language approach.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of Lexical-Functional Grammar '13
EditorsMiriam Butt, Tracy Holloway King
Place of PublicationStanford, CA
PublisherCSLI Publications
Pages152-170
Number of pages19
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2013

Keywords

  • definiteness
  • constraining equation
  • specification language

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