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      No possessor inversion in German PPs

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      Glossa: a journal of general linguistics
      Ubiquity Press
      German, possession, movement, syntax, constraint

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          Abstract

          There are several options to express possessive relations in German, one of them is the construction using a possessor introduced by the preposition von (‘of’). In non-standard German, these possessive PPs may occur before or after the possessee. However, this is not the case with possessees in dative case or after prepositions. In this case, the possessee obligatorily precedes its possessive PPs. In this paper, we will show that a feature-driven movement approach can derive the restrictions imposed on this construction by assuming a [•P•] on D. This feature can be checked either by merging a higher P or by moving a lower PP. The general constraint Merge-over-Move prefers the former whenever possible. Thus, the construction becomes sensitive to PPs as well as dative DPs, which both block movement to SpecDP.

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                Contributors
                Journal
                2397-1835
                Glossa: a journal of general linguistics
                Ubiquity Press
                2397-1835
                29 January 2019
                2019
                : 4
                : 1
                : 16
                Affiliations
                [1 ]Leipzig University, DE
                Article
                10.5334/gjgl.697
                c818738f-0347-4c60-8d19-f64eed8a8fc7
                Copyright: © 2019 The Author(s)

                This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (CC-BY 4.0), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited. See http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/.

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                : 15 May 2018
                : 26 October 2018
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                General linguistics,Linguistics & Semiotics
                constraint,syntax,movement,possession,German
                General linguistics, Linguistics & Semiotics
                constraint, syntax, movement, possession, German

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