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Genitive case and multiple checking in Basque

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Abstract

This article proposes that Basque genitive case can be checked in two positions: one in bare NPs, and the other in the specifier of <i>Poss</i>, a projection below DP and higher than QP. The first genitive resembles Chomsky&#8217;s (1986) inherent genitive case and is restricted to object genitives. The genitive in [spec, Poss] is structural and both subject and object genitives can move to this high position together, thus creating a multiple specifier configuration. As a result, the derived order <i>SO(Q)N</i> displays both superiority and <i>Person Case Constraint</i> effects.

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