Missing Complement Clause Subjects in Malagasy

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Title: Missing Complement Clause Subjects in Malagasy
Author: Potsdam, Eric; Polinsky, Maria

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Citation: Potsdam, Eric, and Maria Polinsky. 2007. Missing complement clause subjects in Malagasy. Oceanic Linguistics 46(1): 277-303.
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Abstract: This paper presents and analyzes a biclausal construction in the Austronesian language Malagasy in which the subject of a complement clause is not expressed but is interpreted as coreferential with a higher noun phrase: Manantena Rabei [mba/fa hividy fiara Øi] 'Rabei hopes that Øi will buy a car.' We show that there are two different structures here depending upon the choice of complementizer. With the complementizer mba, the construction instantiates finite control: an obligatory referential dependency between an unexpressed subject in a finite clause and a higher antecedent. With the complementizer fa, despite some apparent similarities, the construction is not control. We propose instead an NP Drop analysis in which the missing subject is a null pronominal licensed by an independent process of topic drop.
Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1353/ol.2007.0023
Other Sources: http://scholar.iq.harvard.edu/sites/scholar.iq.harvard.edu/files/mpolinsky/files/Malagasy_OL.pdf
Citable link to this page: http://nrs.harvard.edu/urn-3:HUL.InstRepos:3382972
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