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Formal Description of Slavic Languages: The Ninth Conference

Proceedings of FDSL 9, Göttingen 2011


Edited By Uwe Junghanns, Dorothee Fehrmann, Denisa Lenertová and Hagen Pitsch

This volume contains a selection of thoroughly revised contributions to the 9th European Conference on Formal Description of Slavic Languages. The authors apply recent formal models in linguistics to issues concerning the lexicon, morphology, syntax, semantics, information structure, and phonology in Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian, Bulgarian, Czech, Polish, Russian, and Slovenian. Topics of the papers include aspect and tense, axial expressions, case, control, copula, ditransitives, focus particles, indefiniteness, infinitives, nominal phrases, numerals, temporal adverbials, trochaic lengthening, and verb stems. The papers aim at proposing both descriptively accurate and explanatorily adequate analyses, considering all linguistic levels and interfaces. Due to its analytical scope and the broad spectrum of languages covered, the volume reflects the state of the art in current formal Slavic linguistics.


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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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