Proceedings of FDSL 9, Göttingen 2011
Jacek Witkoś: Minimality in Polish Control: Late Merge and Smuggling
Minimality in Polish Control: Late Merge and Smuggling Jacek Witkoś Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań Abstract This paper concerns the derivation of the construction involving Subject Control across an Object (SCaO) in Polish. In the initial part I set the scene by critically reviewing a key minimalist attempt at accounting for this phenomenon from the movement-based perspective (Hornstein 2001; Boeckx & Hornstein 2003; 2004; Hornstein & Polinsky 2010). As this account ameliorates the lethal effect of Minimal Link Condition of Chomsky (1995) through encapsulating the nominal object within a silent PP, I show that this particular assumption raises considerable doubts on empirical grounds. I subsequently present two alternative approaches, compatible with control seen as movement: late merge of the nominal object (cf. Ussery 2008; Witkoś et al. 2011) and reversing the order of the complements of the promise- type verb throughout the derivation (smuggling). As late merge distorts a cyclic application of derivational procedures, I eventually propose a solution based on smuggling (Collins 2005a, b), whereby at a certain derivational stage a larger container phrase is moved around the intervener and later a smaller sub-constituent is launched from within it. 1 Introduction A reductionist approach to Obligatory Control (OC) PRO (Hornstein 1999; 2001; Boeckx & Hornstein 2003; 2004; 2006) rests on the premise that OC results from movement and is subjected to the same principles that regulate movement processes, specifically the Minimal Link Condition (MLC) of Chomsky (1995, 311, 356):1 (1) a. K attracts α only if there is no β, β closer to K...
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