Gereon Müller

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  • Jane Grimshaw, Peter Ackema, David Adger, Maria Bittner, Eric Bakovic, Claudia Borgonovo +32 others
  • 1995
The analysis has benefited immensely from discussions with, and (often extensive) comments from, the following colleagues: and Wuppertaler Linguistisches Kolloquium. I owe a particular debt to Alan Prince and Paul Smolensky, for their extremely generous contributions to this work, and to Vieri Samek-Lodovici for his invaluable scrutiny of the manuscript.(More)
Recent research on Burzio's Generalization converges on a surprising conclusion: what blocks accusative Case in unaccusative constructions has nothing to do with the Case or theta assigning abilities of unaccusative verbs; rather an overriding principle requires sentences to have a nominative Case. But there is little consensus as to how to formulate the(More)
We examine different cases of ineffability, not only in phonology and syntax, but also in morphology and semantics, and propose a typology of ineffabilities compatible with the Control component of Orgun & Sprouse (1999). Lexical gaps as well as other gaps in the morpho-syntax or the phonology are the primary source of ineffable – or absolutely(More)
The aim of this paper is the exploration of an optimality theoretic architecture for syntax that is guided by the concept of correspondence: syntax is understood as the mechanism of " translating " underlying representations into a surface form. In minimalism, this surface form is called " Phonological Form " (PF). Both semantic and abstract syntactic(More)
The main goal of this article is to outline a new approach to syncretism in optimality theory, one that does not rely on tools like underspecifi-cation or rules of referral that are taken over from grammatical theories which do not recognize constraint ranking and constraint violabil-ity. The analysis is based on a concept of morphological exponents as(More)
This paper discusses the phenomenon of case conflicts in free relative (FR) constructions, focusing on its implications for case theory. Two facts are particularly interesting: First, FRs in many languages exhibit what is called the 'matching effect' – conflicting case requirements can be resolved under homophony of the two conflicting case forms; second,(More)
Neuropsychological research investigating mental grammar and lexicon has largely been based on the processing of regular and irregular inflection. Past tense inflection of regular verbs is assumed to be generated by a syntactic rule (e.g., show-ed), whereas irregular verbs consist of rather unsystematic alternations (e.g., caught) represented as lexical(More)