The Journal of Comparative Germanic Linguistics

, Volume 13, Issue 3, pp 179–223

The German locative-directional alternation

A Peeling account
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Original Paper

DOI: 10.1007/s10828-010-9039-3

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Caha, P. J Comp German Linguistics (2010) 13: 179. doi:10.1007/s10828-010-9039-3


I investigate the locative-directional alternation in German, expressed by the change of case on the complement of a preposition, and its consequences for the theory of case in general. I argue that oblique cases and structural cases are assigned in a uniform manner, but they are distinct in the amount of functional structure: oblique case contains structural case. Following Starke (2005), I claim that oblique cases can be promoted to structural cases by stranding layers of oblique case.


Case Passive Peeling Prepositional phrases 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.CASTLUniversity of TromsøTromsøNorway

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