Takahashi and Hulsey (2009) suggest that wholesale late merger is controlled by case. This article presents novel evidence for this idea from Condition C reconstruction effects in Mongolian local and long-distance scrambling. Departing from previous accounts, I argue that the complexity of the phenomenon reveals that Condition C connectivity is related neither to the position of underlying binders nor to A/Ā properties—scrambling bleeds Condition C, so long as the case requirement of the late-merged NP can be satisfied. Crucially, I motivate a hybrid case system for Mongolian in which accusative case is assigned as a dependent case. I show that this is both necessary and independently motivated, thereby introducing a fine-grained view of case into the wholesale-late-merger mechanism.
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July 14 2023
Case in Wholesale Late Merger: Evidence from Mongolian Scrambling
In Special Collection: CogNet
Zhiyu Mia Gong
Online ISSN: 1530-9150
Print ISSN: 0024-3892
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Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Linguistic Inquiry 1–43.
Zhiyu Mia Gong; Case in Wholesale Late Merger: Evidence from Mongolian Scrambling. Linguistic Inquiry 2023; doi: https://doi.org/10.1162/ling_a_00494
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