Case Suspension and Binary Complement Structure in French

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Adopting the theoretical framework of the minimalist program, this study of syntactic limitations on complement configuration investigates the link between thematic external arguments and case. Using evidence from pronominal, psychological experiencer, and inalienable constructions, it argues that both accusative and dative are structural cases in French and that this duality is reflected in a parallel limit on argument projection. Larson’s single complement hypothesis, which allows a maximum of two internal arguments, provides the theoretical justification for this proposal. The testing ground for the binary hypothesis is a group of nonthematic subject constructions involving undative as well as unaccusative verbs, linking, according to Burzio’s generalization, case suspension and lack of an internal argument. The investigation of these constructions and those involving partitive case provides not only a theoretically significant contribution to our understanding of grammar, but also a motivated explanation for a number of empirical problems in French.
[Current Issues in Linguistic Theory, 132]  1996.  xi, 200 pp.
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Table of Contents
Minimalist syntactic representation
1
Case and argument structure
22
Unaccusative verbs and affected datives
51
Case defective psych verbs
83
Case suspending pronominals
111
Inalienable undatives
138
Case suspension and complement structure
160
Appendix: grammaticality survey
167
References
171
Index of authors
191
Index of subjects
195
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Subjects
BIC Subject: CF – Linguistics
BISAC Subject: LAN009000 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
U.S. Library of Congress Control Number:  96002115