The authors propose a syntactic account of definiteness marking in Danish and Swedish that is based on the independently motivated notion of a phase in the sense of Chomsky (2001). The main claim is that prenominal definiteness marking in Scandinavian is the result of feature-movement of [def] from N to the edge of a DP-phase in order to remove the [def]-feature from the impenetrable domain of the phase, thereby making it accessible for further Agree operations.
Proceedings of the 26th West Coast Conference on Formal Linguistics
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