The Minimalist Syntax of Defective Domains

Gerunds and infinitives

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This book unifies the analysis of certain non-finite domains, focusing on subject licensing, agreement, and Case and control. It proposes a minimalist analysis of English gerunds which allows only a null subject PRO (TP-defective gerunds), a lexical subject (gerunds as complements of perception verbs), or both types of subjects (clausal gerunds). It then analyzes Portuguese infinitives, showing that the morphosyntactic properties of non-inflected and inflected infinitives correlate with distinct treatments of obligatory and non-obligatory control. It explores these and other phenomena to show that tense and event binding do not correlate with the contrast between control and raising/exceptional case marking (ECM), against null Case theories of control. A Probe-Goal approach to Case and agreement is adopted in combination with a movement analysis of control. The book then investigates diachronic morphosyntactic phenomena involving infinitives, verb movement and cliticization in Portuguese, exploring a cue-based theory of syntactic change grounded in language acquisition.
[Linguistik Aktuell/Linguistics Today, 98]  2006.  xiv, 188 pp.
Publishing status: Available
Table of Contents
Acknowledgments
xi–xii
Abbreviations and symbols
xiii–xiv
Introduction
1–14
1. The minimalist syntax of clausal gerunds
15–69
2. Clausal versus TP-defective gerunds: Control without tense
70–90
3. Agreement, case, control and movement in infinitives
91–124
4. Syntactic change: The development of inflected and non-inflected infinitives
125–165
Conclusion
166–167
References
168–179
Index
181–188
“Acrisio Pires's new study is an important contribution to our understanding of deficient clausal domains as manifested in gerunds and (inflected) infinitives, with many original insights into the structural analysis and historical development of this elusive syntactic category.”
“Pires offers an insightful analysis of an old problem area, gerunds, which uses the central concepts of the Minimalist Program in productive fashion. In so doing, it yields understanding of gerunds and of the Minimalist Program. Another striking feature of the book is that it unifies syntactic analysis with questions of acquisition and of the triggering experience for the proposed analysis in young children. ALL syntactic analysis should discuss acquisitional triggers these days, but this is a rare book in doing it so well.”
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