Paper: A Lexicalist Account Of Icelandic Case Marking

ACL ID C92-1018
Title A Lexicalist Account Of Icelandic Case Marking
Venue International Conference on Computational Linguistics
Session Main Conference
Year 1992
  • Gosse Bouma (University of Groningen, Groningen The Netherlands)

Recent theoretical descriptions of the Icelandic case system distinguish between lexicai and struc- tural case. Lexical case is assigned in ttle lexi- COIl, whereas structural case is assigned in syn- tax, under tim provision that it does not override lexicai case assignment. This analysis is prob- lematic for grammatical theories such as Cate- gorial Unification Grammar (CUG) and Head- driven Phrase Structure Grammar (HPSG) as the introducion of a syntactic case cmnponent is incompatible with the lexicalist ideology un- derlying these frameworks. Furthermore, the default character of syntactic case introduces a procedural aspect into the grammar which goes against the derlarative spirit of unification- based frameworks in general. In this paper, I propose an alternative anMysis, formulate...