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Derivation and Representation of Syntactic Amalgams
This dissertation consists of an investigation of Syntactic Amalgamation (cf. Lakoff 1974): the phenomenon of combination of sentences that yields parenthetic-like constructions like (01). (01) John invited God only knows ...
Thematically Driven Movement in Japanese: A Study of Psych Verb Constructions
The general aim of this thesis is to provide support for the claim that movement can be driven by theta-features, advanced by Bokovi&#269; (1994), Hornstein (1999, 2001), Manzini and Russo (2000), and O'Neil (1997) ...
Syntactic Identity and Locality Restrictions on Verbal Ellipsis
This dissertation investigates the topic of verbal ellipsis in English. Two main issues are addressed in this work: (i) the identity condition that restricts the application of ellipsis and (ii) the different locality ...
Impoverished Morphology and A-movement out of Case Domains
This dissertation suggests that referential 3rdP null subjects in Modern Brazilian Portuguese (BP) and Finnish are residues of A-movement, rather than null pronouns. These grammars exhibit weak 3rdP verbal and possessive ...
Simple Regrets: Counterfactuals and the Dialogic Mind
Counterfactuals, or unrealized scenarios, have been a focus of research in an array of disciplines, though their rhetorical implications have gone largely unexplored. This interdisciplinary study uses a cognitive methodology ...
On Subordination and the Distribution of PRO
This dissertation presents a Minimalist Theory of Control. As for the distribution of PRO, it provides evidence that PRO appears in a configuration of regular Structural Case assignment. This suggests that the complementary ...