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ERIC Number: EJ878380
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Dec
Pages: 31
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
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ISSN: ISSN-0097-8507
Malagasy Backward Object Control
Potsdam, Eric
Language, v85 n4 p754-784 Dec 2009
Backward control is an obligatory interpretational dependency between an overt controller and a nonovert controllee in which the controllee is structurally superior to the controller: "Meg persuaded [Delta]i" ["Roni to give up"]. It contrasts with ordinary forward control, in which the controller is structurally higher: "Meg persuaded Roni" ["[Delta]i to give up"]. Although backward control has been previously documented (Polinsky & Potsdam 2002a), clear cases are rare. This article presents an alternation between forward and backward object control in the Austronesian language Malagasy and argues for the backward-control structure. Backward control is thus a reality and needs to be incorporated into any comprehensive theory of control. The article argues against an analysis of backward control that identifies the controllee as the null pronominal "pro."
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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