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ERIC Number: ED546280
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 392
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ISBN: 978-1-2676-0171-1
Control and Restructuring at the Syntax-Semantics Interface
Grano, Thomas Angelo
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, The University of Chicago
Landau (2000) distinguishes between P(artial) C(ontrol) and E(xhaustive) C(ontrol): PC predicates like hope admit a subset relation between controller and controllee (e.g., "Kim hoped to gather at noon." [controllee = Kim and contextually salient others]); EC predicates like "try" do not (*"Kim tried to gather at noon"). This dissertation explores Cinque's (2006) suggestion that whereas PC instantiates "true" (biclausal) control, EC predicates realize inflectional-layer functional heads that instantiate (monoclausal) raising structures. Chapter 1 shows that this view accurately predicts several correlates of the EC/PC split, including the distribution of finite complements (in English) and the crosslinguistic distribution of restructuring (monoclausality effects) and overt embedded subjects. Chapter 2 shows how a raising analysis of EC predicates like "try" can be reconciled with their apparent "control" properties by proposing that such predicates are semantically keyed to an individual that must be syntactically represented; this proposal furthermore sheds light on an old question in the restructuring literature: why a predicate's (in)ability to restructure is largely predictable from its semantics. The conclusion is that the restructuring status of EC predicates follows from an interaction between their lexical semantics and general constraints on clausal architecture. Chapter 3 shows that "want" counterexemplifies the core generalizations and explains its exceptionality by appealing to independently motivated null structure that "want" embeds under certain conditions. Finally, the core proposals also provide a suitable framework for understanding the relationship between control, restructuring, and tense (Chapter 4), and for understanding control in Mandarin Chinese (Chapter 5) and modern Greek (Chapter 6). [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
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Language: English
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