Raising, unphased

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This paper investigates cross-linguistic variation in raising-to-subject constructions, proposing a unified account for the derivation of hyper-raising and standard raising. I argue that the presence or absence of these constructions in a given language can be determined without recourse to phases by independent properties of CP and TP in the language, including: (1) whether CPs or infinitival phrases are phi-goals in the language and (2) the presence of an EPP effect on T and (and how it can be satisfied). I show that variation in these factors can capture a number of different raising profiles found cross-linguistically, including the hyper-raising pattern found in Zulu and Uyghur, the absence of raising in Makhuwa and Matengo, and the more familiar pattern of English.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)123-165
Number of pages43
JournalNatural Language and Linguistic Theory
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 1 2019

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  • Clausal arguments
  • EPP
  • Phi-agreement
  • Raising-to-subject


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