Chapter published in:Romance Languages and Linguistic Theory 2017: Selected papers from 'Going Romance' 31, Bucharest
Edited by Alexandru Nicolae and Adina Dragomirescu
[Current Issues in Linguistic Theory 355] 2021
► pp. 172–192
Differential object marking
What type of licensing?
Under many recent formal accounts, differential object marking has been taken to signal nominals that must undergo licensing in the clausal syntax, as they bear an [uC] feature (Ormazabal & Romero 2013a; Alcaraz 2018; Bárány 2018; Kalin 2018, among others). While this implementation can capture (standard) Spanish data, the empirical facts from Romanian and Neapolitan I address in this contribution support a view where the differential marker must rather be associated with an additional licensing operation beyond [uC]. More generally, this split appears to be an important locus of parametrization in Romance differential object marking, also confirming similar findings in Ledgeway et al. (2019) for other Romance languages.
Keywords: differential object marking, DP, licensing, animacy, referentiality
Published online: 01 December 2021
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