An Explanation of Extraction Asymmetries in Malagasy
Dr. Ileana Paul is currently a faculty member at The University of Western Ontario.
This paper investigates one aspect of cross-linguistic variation in extraction patterns. Data from Malagasy have posed a problem for ECP-based accounts of A-bar movement. This variation is shown to stem from fundamental differences in how arguments are licensed. In Malagasy, for example, objects are licensed in-situ and never escape vP. Since vP is a strong phase, objects can never be a target for A-bar movement. In languages such as English, however, objects must be licensed by some head external to the vP. Movement to the edge of vP in English allows for futher A-bar movement. Also discussed is how the proposed analysis applies to other languages with similar extraction patterns (e.g. Tagalog and Indonesian).
Ileana Paul. "An Explanation of Extraction Asymmetries in Malagasy" Linguistic Variation Yearbook 2 (2002): 99-122.
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