Polish politeness markers as a window into person-feature valuation

Authors

  • Ivona Kučerová McMaster University
  • Adam Szczegielniak Rutgers

Keywords:

phases, politness markers, feature valuation, variable agreement

Abstract

This paper presents novel evidence for Polish nominals being phases. The core of the argument comes from the interaction between the size of a nominal domain and the corresponding person-feature valuation. While an nP-size nominal structure only exhibits feature valuation within the narrow-syntax module, the DP-size nominal structure exhibits interface feature interactions. Since interface interactions can only arise during spell-out, the corresponding nominal domain, i.e., DP, must be a phase and D must be a phase head that triggers spell-out. The empirical focus of this paper is on a syntactic variation in the domain of politeness markers in Polish (pan.m/ pani.f).

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Published

2021-12-09

How to Cite

Kučerová, I., and A. Szczegielniak. “Polish Politeness Markers As a Window into Person-Feature Valuation”. Journal of Slavic Linguistics, vol. 29, no. FASL 28 extra issue, Dec. 2021, https://ojs.ung.si/index.php/JSL/article/view/152.