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A closer look at the Hebrew Construct and free locative PPs: The analysis of <i>mi-</i>locatives

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Abstract

Most Hebrew locative P(reposition)s are directly followed by their complement. However, the complement of Hebrew locatives prefixed by <i>mi</i>, referred to here as <i>mi&#8209;</i>locatives (e.g. <i>mixuc </i>“outside”) often, but not always, is introduced by the light P <i>le</i>. Taking direct complementation to be an instance of a prepositional Construct State, with the occurrence of <i>le </i>indicating its free counterpart, the paper defines the roles of the prefix <i>mi </i>in the formation of <i>mi-</i>locatives, and accounts for the distribution of <i>le </i>with them. Furthermore, based on the unique ability of <i>mi&#8209;</i>locatives to license implied complements, and assuming that locative phrases are instantiated in a nominal (extended) projection headed by the null noun <i>Place, </i>the prefix <i>mi </i>is argued to be a D(eterminer)-prefix, realizing the formal feature of this head in the (extended) projection of (Hebrew) locative PPs.

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