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LINGUIST List 17.1698

Mon Jun 05 2006

Diss: Semantics/Syntax: Jeong: 'The Landscape of Applicatives'

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Message 1: The Landscape of Applicatives
Date: 04-Jun-2006
From: Youngmi Jeong <yjeongwam.umd.edu>
Subject: The Landscape of Applicatives


Institution: University of Maryland
Program: Department of Linguistics
Dissertation Status: Completed
Degree Date: 2006

Author: Youngmi Jeong

Dissertation Title: The Landscape of Applicatives

Linguistic Field(s): Semantics
                            Syntax

Subject Language(s): English (eng)

Dissertation Director:
Norbert Hornstein
Howard Lasnik
Juan Uriagereka
Amy Weinberg

Dissertation Abstract:

The present thesis is concerned with the syntax of constructions variously
referred to as 'applicative', 'ditransitive', or 'multiple object'
constructions: constructions that contain arguments that transcend the
traditional subject-object characterization. The present thesis is also
concerned with how the syntax of such constructions yields the interpretive
effects that previous research has identified.

In this thesis I try to remedy the inadequacies and limitations of previous
accounts. As far as the syntax of applicatives is concerned, my analysis
necessitates the rejection of phase-based derivation, and requires an
emphasis on anti-locality, a rethinking of the phenomenon of successive
cyclicity, and a renewed appreciation for the relevance of case and
category in the context of multiple object constructions. The system I end
up with is more relativized than previous accounts, as it makes use of more
factors to capture the syntax of applicatives.

In addition to providing a more adequate chracterization of the syntax of
applicative constructions, I develop a semantic analysis of
double-object/low applicative constructions. Specifically, I argue that
such constructions involve object-sharing, captured via theta-driven
movement, a derivational process that they share with serial verbs and
resultative constructions.

If correct, the present thesis offers empirical arguments for various
theoretical options currently entertained in the minimalist program, among
which movement into theta-position, multiple agree, anti-locality, and
early successive cyclic movement (i.e., movement taking place before the
final landing site is introduced into the structure).



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