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The role of verb semantics in genitive alternations: genitive of negation and genitive of intensionality

Author(s): Barbara H Partee | Vladimir Borschev | Elena Paducheva | Yakov Testelets | Igor Yanovich

Journal: Oslo Studies in Language
ISSN 1890-9639

Volume: 4;
Issue: 1;
Date: 2012;
Original page

Our goal is to capture what the different instances of Gen/Nom and Gen/Acc have in common semantically while still respecting the multiplicity of factors involved and not predicting more uniformity than is actually found. Our main idea is to treat Gen Neg and Gen Int as a “diathesis shift”, a “demotion” into a noncanonical subject or object position, semantically of type (e,t), thereby accounting for “decreased individuation/ referentiality”.

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