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Control without a Subject

Janke, Vikki (2008) Control without a Subject. Lingua, 118 (1). pp. 82-118. ISSN 0024-3841. (doi:10.1016/j.lingua.2007.05.002) (KAR id:30119)


The aim of this paper is to develop a representation of control that does not require a PRO-subject. I first analyse obligatory control using a de-compositional analysis of ?-roles, according to which ?-roles are divided into two selectional requirements. The resulting theory makes the same predictions as one based on PRO, yet avoids dependence on this ill-defined empty category. I then concentrate on Icelandic, tackling agreement phenomena in infinitival clauses. Again no PRO is necessary to cater for the data, which receive a uniform account using the mechanism outlined in the first half of the paper.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1016/j.lingua.2007.05.002
Uncontrolled keywords: Control; PRO; Icelandic case-agreement; Theta-role decomposition
Subjects: P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Arts and Humanities > School of Culture and Languages
Depositing User: Vikki Janke
Date Deposited: 13 Aug 2012 14:03 UTC
Last Modified: 16 Nov 2021 10:08 UTC
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