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The Derivation of Clausal Gerunds

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Abstract. 

This paper investigates the syntax of clausal gerunds—a class of gerunds that can have either a null subject or an overt DP Case-marked with accusative or nominative. First, it addresses the difficulty of accounting for gerunds that allow both null and overt subjects in principles and parameters/minimalist approaches to Case and control. Second, the paper explores the existence of a common structure for the two clausal gerunds, supported by the absence of empirical distinctions in their feature specification, especially regarding tense. Third, the paper introduces new observations about the distribution of clausal gerunds and argues that the complex alternations and restrictions on their distribution results from the interaction between Case and Agreement valuation, the limited possibility of A-movement out of a clausal gerund, and convergence considerations resulting from the existence of distinct numerations.
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Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Acrisio PiresUniversity of Michigan Department of Linguistics 458 Lorch Hall, 611 Tappan St. Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1220 USA, Email: [email protected]

Publication date: August 1, 2007

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