On the difference between exhaustive and partial control

Sheehan, Michelle (2018) On the difference between exhaustive and partial control. In: Null Subjects in Generative Grammar: A Synchronic and Diachronic Perspective. Oxford University Press. ISBN 9780198815853

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1093/oso/9780198815853.003.0006


This chapter compares the partial/exhaustive control distinction in Russian, Icelandic and European Portuguese and argues that all three share a common core: genuine partial control readings are only possible where PRO has case. An analysis of these patterns is outlined whereby partial control involves agreement between a higher thematic head and pro in the edge of a lower CP phase. Although this thematic head Agrees with pro, it is unable to attract it to absorb its θ‎-role. As a result, a distinct controller is merged with said thematic head and a condition is imposed at the interface that the controller and pro must be non-distinct, yielding partial control. New evidence is presented for this analysis based on negative controllers and the interaction with wh-movement.

Item Type: Book Chapter
Keywords: pro, PRO, Icelandic, Russian, European Portuguese
Faculty: ARCHIVED Faculty of Arts, Law & Social Sciences (until September 2018)
Depositing User: Ian Walker
Date Deposited: 18 Jul 2019 14:19
Last Modified: 09 Sep 2021 16:10
URI: https://arro.anglia.ac.uk/id/eprint/704578

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