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structural case

SYNTAX: case which is assigned in a certain structural configuration, depending on government (and adjacency) only (as opposed to inherent case). EXAMPLE: it has been proposed that a verb assigns structural Accusative case to its NP complement, and that Nominative case is assigned by the finite inflection INFL to the canonical subject position [NP,IP]. More recently, structural case is identified with case assignment to the specifier in a specific kind of AGRP.
LIT. Chomsky, N. (1991)
Chomsky, N. (1986a)