Control in Generative Grammar: A Research Companion
The subject of nonfinite clauses is often missing, and yet is understood to refer to some linguistic or contextual referent (e.g. 'Bill preferred __ to remain silent' is understood as 'Bill preferred that he himself would remain silent'). This dependency is the subject matter of control theory. Extensive linguistic research into control constructions over the past five decades has unearthed a wealth of empirical findings in dozens of languages. Their proper classification and analysis, however, have been a matter of continuing debate within and across different theoretical schools. This comprehensive book pulls together, for the first time, all the important advances on the topic. Among the issues discussed are: the distinction between raising and control, obligatory and nonobligatory control, syntactic interactions with case, finiteness and nominalization, lexical determination of the controller, and phenomena like partial and implicit control. The critical discussions in this work will stimulate students and scholars to further explorations in this fascinating field.
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A-movement adjunct agent allow analysis anaphoric control antecedent backward control Bill binding Boeckx Bresnan c-command Chomsky clausal clitic complement clause condition conﬁgurations context contrast control complements control shift control verbs controllee controller choice coreference crosslinguistic Culicover D-structure dative deﬁnition deletion derived difﬁcult discussion distinction embedded subject English Equi European Portuguese examples fact feature ﬁnal ﬁnd ﬁnite ﬁrst functional control gerund goal grammatical hence Hornstein implicit arguments implicit control inﬁnitive inﬂected interpretation John John’s Landau languages Lebeaux lexical subject license Linguistic logophoric long-distance control Manzini markedness Mary matrix agent matrix clause matrix subject nominative nonﬁnite Note null subject object option overt partial control passive plural predicates PRO-gate problem promise pronominal pronoun raising verbs reﬂexive relation Saﬁr Sag and Pollard Section semantic sentence speciﬁc split control structure subject clauses subject control syntactic syntax Tagalog tense theory of control topic variable