New PDF release: Arguments and Case: Explaining Burzio’s Generalization

By Eric J. Reuland

ISBN-10: 9027227551

ISBN-13: 9789027227553

The tips awarded via the contributions during this quantity originated in a workshop on Burzio’s generalization. Burzio’s Generalization (BG) states verb which doesn't assign an exterior theta-role to its topic doesn't assign structural accusative Case to an item and conversely. It connects cross-linguistic similarities among e.g. passives, elevating verbs, and unaccusatives. in spite of the fact that, it does so via linking very varied houses of a predicate. This increases primary questions on its theoretical prestige. The contributions during this quantity discover BG’s theoretical foundation. A consensus emerges that BG is, in reality, an epiphenomenon, a result of interplay of alternative ideas of grammar. additionally, the contributions exhibit a outstanding convergence as to how BG is finally derived. the implications received make an important contribution to the extra improvement of theories of Case and thematic family.

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It might get quirky   if the verb that governs the object position requires . It might get   since the object trace, part of the chain of the subject, is in object position. And it might get   since part of its chain, the subject position, is governed by Inflection. As a matter of fact, we know that in such configurations, the subject will appear as , not  or , if the verb that governs its trace requires a quirky  . And we know that the subject will never appear with (non-quirky) .

B. c. d. She smiles [Make [her smile]] [PRO to smile] … [Make [her [forgivei [him [[V0 e]i everything]]]]]3 Nominative and zero case in (1a) and (1c), are licensed functionally, accusative is licensed categorially. Functional licensing is licensing by functional features 34 HUBERT HAIDER (like tense and/or agreement). Categorial licensing is licensing by a head of a specific category in a local environment. In (1d), all occurences of accusative are categorially licensed by a V0-head, one of which is an empty V0.

It is the target for the agreement values, and it receives the nominative. The object argument is licensed for accusative. If there is no expletive the object is fronted and licensed as nominative. In a core grammar implementation of economy of licensing, (20a) with singular morphology on the finite verb should be ruled out, but as a matter of fact (20b) with plural on the verb is ungrammatical. Plural agreement with a plural expletive or movement of the argument (cf. 20c) would be the more economic way of licensing.

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