Jarawara Complement Clauses: Some New Perspectives

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Vogel, Alan
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Date:
2015
Abstract:
Taking as a basis Dixon's (2004:ch.17) theory of Jarawara complement clauses, this paper proposes that the phenomena which Dixon called pronominal argument sharing and pronominal raising are more pervasive than he allowed, and that they are connected with specific verb classes that can be characterized semantically. Evidence is given for analyzing these clauses as non-finite, and it is proposed that what Dixon called pronominal argument sharing corresponds to what is referred to as obligatory control in the generative literature. Some modifications are proposed in the theory, two of the most significant being the reclassification of a subset of Dixon's claimed examples of raising as control, and the analysis of some of these non-finite clauses as adjuncts rather than subjects or objects, and therefore not complement clauses. Finally, it is shown that these non-finite clauses are found in some additional syntactic contexts which had not been previously observed.
Extent:
255 pages
Table of Contents:
Abstract -- Abbreviations -- 1 Introduction -- 2 The syntax of NFCs -- 3 Minor contexts involving NFCs -- 4 Distinguishing NFCs from other phenomena -- Appendix: Examples for each verb -- References
Subject:
raising
non-finite clauses
control
complement clauses
backward control
aspectual verbs
Amazonian languages
adjuncts
Country:
Brazil
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