Article published in:Weak Referentiality
Edited by Ana Aguilar-Guevara, Bert Le Bruyn and Joost Zwarts
[Linguistik Aktuell/Linguistics Today 219] 2014
► pp. 73–100
Antonymic prepositions and weak referentiality
Analyses that treat determiner omission in terms of weak referentiality have recently been adopted for determinerless PPs. A missing discourse referent is involved in both cases (Farkas & de Swart 2003; Espinal & McNally 2011; de Swart 2012). With regard to the German prepositions mit and ohne, we will show that the former accepts the determiner omission reluctantly, while determiner omission is almost the rule for the latter. This conclusion is reached through the application of annotation mining to derive multiple factors that influence the omission or realisation of a determiner. We argue that the semantics of the P, the sense of the PP in the context, and lexical influences of the nouns play a major role. As the distributions of mit and ohne are highly distinct, we conclude that they should not be analysed in a unified way.
Published online: 03 December 2014
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