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Title: Greek 'ECM' and How to Control It
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Author: George Kotzoglou
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Institution: University of the Aegean
Linguistic Field: Syntax
Subject Language: Greek, Modern
Abstract: The proper analysis of Exceptional Case Marking (ECM) constructions has been a long-standing problem in Greek syntax. The lack of embedded nonfinite clauses in Greek militates against a mainstream 'raising-to-object' analysis of the phenomenon. In this paper I argue that, despite appearances, Greek quasi-ECM is only superficially related to English ECM, since it is not amenable to a raising analysis (with or without overt movement to the appropriate position of the matrix clause). I also claim that not even an 'influence/reanalysis' approach proves adequate. A number of diagnostics lead me to the conclusion that the accusative-marked ('quasi-raised') DP occupies a position in the matrix clause throughout the derivation. Moreover, the fact that the grammaticality of Greek quasi-ECM constructions depends on the thematic properties of this DP leads me to the conclusion that the constructions in question are control ones and not raising ones. A number of complications that the proposed analysis meets are discussed and an explanation of the subcategorization peculiarities of the quasi-ECM verbs is attempted.
Type: Individual Paper
Status: Completed
Venue: Reading Working Papers in Linguistics 6

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