Genitives, Partitives and Plurals in Serbian, Estonian, Saami and Ossetic

5 Nov

Around Partitive Articles Frankfurt

This talk presents data from Estonian, Serbian, Finnish, Saami and Ossetic concerning the marking of the genitive case, the partitive case and the plural. The data suggest that there is a linear contiguity constraint on syncretism such that the genitive and the plural cannot be syncretic unless the partitive is the same as well. I explain this using Borer’s idea about the organisation of the DP (mass-count-plural), and the Nanosyntax model of spellout.