This paper presents a lexicalist analysis of Bulgarian definiteness marking, arguing against the claim -- made in Embick and Noyer 2001 -- that the definite article's distribution must be stated in syntactic terms. The paper derives the distribution of the affix through the interaction of a lexical rule with syntactic constraints on DP licensing. The analysis maintains compatibility with a lexicalist set of assumptions, and addresses some aspects of the Embick and Noyer (2001) approach that remain problematic due to the absence of pre-syntactic composition. The authors conclude that a distinction between lexical and syntactic modes of composition allows for a more elegant account of the article's empirical properties, providing further support for a theoretical distinction between (postlexical) clitics and affixes.
Proceedings of the 25th West Coast Conference on Formal Linguistics
edited by Donald Baumer, David Montero, and Michael Scanlon
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