The case for Fake Partial Control in French and German

Sheehan, Michelle and Pitteroff, Marcel (2017) The case for Fake Partial Control in French and German. In: 48th Annual Meeting of the North East Linguistic Society (NELS 48), University of Iceland, Reykjavík, Iceland.

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We argue that in instances of what look like partial control, French shows a sensitivity to the embedded predicate rather than the matrix predicate, with PC being possible only where the embedded verb is comitative. Moreover, PRO behaves as if it is syntactically and semantically singular in these contexts in French, suggesting that French lacks 'True PC' and allows only 'Fake PC' arising from exhaustive control with a covert comitative, or some other equivalent mechanism. German, on the other hand, appears to have both Fake PC, limited to comitative contexts with non-attitude metric verbs, and True PC, observed with non-cogitative verbs where the matrix verb is an attitude predicate. As predicted, in Fake PC contexts PRO in German is syntactically and semantically singular, just as in French. In True PC contexts, however, it appears to be plural.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Keywords: reciprocal, experimental, control, semantics, syntax
Faculty: Faculty of Arts, Law & Social Sciences
SWORD Depositor: Symplectic User
Depositing User: Symplectic User
Date Deposited: 10 Sep 2018 13:00
Last Modified: 28 Feb 2019 17:15

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