The Differences between Danish Determiner and Quantity Genitives: The Essential Data Set

Per Anker Jensen

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This paper presents the set of essential syntactic and semantic data pertaining to Danish determiner genitives like Bos gode digt (‘Bo’s good poem’), measure genitives like to timers hård sejlads (‘two hours’ tough sailing’) and constitutive genitives like to retters lækker menu (‘two courses’ delicious menu)’. The two latter genitive types are both subtypes of the class of quantity genitives. I lay out a chart of Danish pre-nominal genitives and justify the inclusion of each type and its position in the chart. In a detailed table, the differences are characterised and exemplifi ed to make comparison possible and contrasts transparent. Finally, I discuss a number of issues concerning defi niteness, pronominalization, constituency and cliticization raised by a DP-analysis of determiner genitives proposed by Sten Vikner. Since we are still far from understanding the full landscape of Danish genitives syntactically as well as semantically, the aim of this paper is to offer an accurate description of the data in order that the creation of a coherent theory of Danish genitives may be thereby facilitated.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Sign of the V : Papers in Honour of Sten Vikner
EditorsKen Ramshøj Christensen, Henrik Jørgensen, Johanna L. Wood
Number of pages25
Place of PublicationAarhus
PublisherDepartment of English. School of Communication & Culture. Aarhus University
Publication date2019
ISBN (Print)9788791134050
ISBN (Electronic)9788775074617
Publication statusPublished - 2019

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