This squib presents an argument for a locality-based, Case-theoretic licensing approach to configurations in which certain positions cannot be occupied by overt material at Spell-Out. Investigating an indirect causative construction in Sason Arabic, I demonstrate that the embedded agent is separated from its licenser by a phase domain, and as such cannot be Case-licensed. Ā-movement makes licensing possible, placing the embedded agent and its licenser in a local configuration. I also show that this approach fares better than alternative hypotheses such as the Exfoliation account or a PF-based account.
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July 06 2022
Evidence from Sason Arabic for Ā-Movement Feeding Case-Licensing Relations
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Online ISSN: 1530-9150
Print ISSN: 0024-3892
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Linguistic Inquiry (2022) 53 (3): 589–607.
Faruk Akkuş; Evidence from Sason Arabic for Ā-Movement Feeding Case-Licensing Relations. Linguistic Inquiry 2022; 53 (3): 589–607. doi: https://doi.org/10.1162/ling_a_00415
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