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LINGUIST List 22.2360

Sat Jun 04 2011

Qs: Languages with Obligatory Auxiliary Verbs

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        1.     William Sakas , Languages with Obligatory Auxiliary Verbs

Message 1: Languages with Obligatory Auxiliary Verbs
Date: 02-Jun-2011
From: William Sakas <sakashunter.cuny.edu>
Subject: Languages with Obligatory Auxiliary Verbs
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Are there any natural languages whose (declarative) sentences
obligatorily contain an auxiliary verb? I.e., there are no sentences
with finite main verbs.

We are building a large domain of parameterized languages for
computational study of language acquisition. We need to know whether
it is plausible to permit the combination of no V-to-I movement with
obligatory I-to-C movement, which would entail that every sentence
must contain an auxiliary that raises from I to C.

If you know of any such languages, could you supply a couple of
examples?

Thanks!
William Sakas

Linguistic Field(s): Computational Linguistics
                            Language Acquisition
                            Syntax


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