• Mathematics
  • Published 2005

Case Alternations in the Icelandic Passive

  title={Case Alternations in the Icelandic Passive},
  author={Peter Svenonius},
The possibility of (3) (and many other examples like it) means that the lack of accusative case in (1b) cannot be due to a general preference for assigning nominative case whenever possible (contra Marantz 1991, Haider 2000, Woolford 2003). It is sometimes thought that the preservation of the dative in (2) is explained by an assumption that dative case is ‘lexical’ or ‘inherent,’ but the middle construction in Icelandic provides alternations between dative and nominative. 


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