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The Semantic Import of (C)overt D
Carrie Gillon and Solveiga Armoskaite
337-345 (complete paper or proceedings contents)


In this paper, we investigate the syntax and semantics of bare nouns in Lithuanian (Baltic) and Innu-aimun (Algonquian). We argue that bare nouns in both languages are sometimes DPs and sometimes NPs (cf. Franks and Pereltsvaig 2004, Ajíbóyè 2006). However, the default for each language varies: Lithuanian bare nouns are normally DPs and Innu-aimun bare nouns are normally NPs. Further, the semantics associated with D in each language varies: Lithuanian D is definite and Innu-aimun D is not.

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Proceedings of the 29th West Coast Conference on Formal Linguistics
edited by Jaehoon Choi, E. Alan Hogue, Jeffrey Punske, Deniz Tat, Jessamyn Schertz, and Alex Trueman
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