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REMNANT RAISING AND VSO CLAUSALARCHITECTURE

  • FELICIA LEE

Part of the Studies in Natural Language and Linguistic Theory book series (SNLT, volume 66)

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Introduction

San Lucas Quiaviní Zapotec, an endangered and little-examined indigenous language of Mexico, shows a range of syntactic and morphological phenomena incompatible with standard Minimalist accounts of verb movement: verbs and clearly phrasal constituents behave identically in a number of syntactic constructions, and the ordering of verbal morphemes is problematic for standard assumptions of verbal head movement.

This work proposes a VP-remnant raising account for these phenomena, motivated by Kayne’s (1992) Antisymmetry program. This work also examines consequences of phrasal remnant movement for negation constructions, question formation; and the interpretation of tense, aspect, and mood.

Keywords

Negation Syntax Verb aspect language syntactic

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  • FELICIA LEE
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  1. 1.University of British ColumbiaCanada

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