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Volume 30, Issue 1

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Parametrising arbitrary constructions

Diego Pescarini
Published Online: 2018-04-10 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/probus-2017-0005

Abstract

This article aims to reconsider some restrictions on the distribution of of the arbitrary si/se in Romance. The main theoretical tenet of the work is that the observed cross-linguistic variation results from a set of micro-parameters ruling the merging site of si/se and the agree relations occurring between si/se and probing elements such as v and T. In particular, the proposed model aims to account for languages allowing si/se to occur with unaccusative verbs, but not with passive, copular constructions, and with accusative clitics.

Keywords: impersonal; arbitrary; clitic; unaccusative; parameter

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Published Online: 2018-04-10

Published in Print: 2018-04-25


Citation Information: Probus, Volume 30, Issue 1, Pages 67–91, ISSN (Online) 1613-4079, ISSN (Print) 0921-4771, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/probus-2017-0005.

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