Exceptional causatives in North Sami
2005 (English)In: Proceedings from the Annual Meeting of the Chicago Linguistic Society, Chicago Linguistic Society , 2005, 401-414 p.Conference paper (Refereed)
Vinka (2002) and Svonni & Vinka (2002, 2003) brought attention to the fact that it is impossible to form productive morphological causatives based on unaccusative verbs in the Finno-Ugric language North Sámi. However, further inspection reveals that the ill-formed causatives under question can be alleviated, in fact they can be improved to full grammaticality, if one of the constituents of the clause undergoes wh-movement. In this paper, we argue that causatives with wh-movement involve a causative formative that has two pertinent properties: it exclusively selects for an unaccusative verb and it hosts a wh-feature. This wh-feature, in turn, Agrees with an appropriate element that it can access, contingent on syntactic locality conditions.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Chicago Linguistic Society , 2005. 401-414 p.
, Proceedings from the Annual Meeting of the Chicago Linguistic Society, ISSN 0577-7240 (Print), 1944-0324 (Online) ; Vol 41, number 1
causatives, wh-movement, unaccusatives, agreement
General Language Studies and Linguistics
Research subject Linguistics
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-51375OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-51375DiVA: diva2:479911
The 41st Annual Meeting of the Chicago Linguistic Society