Null demonstratives in nominalized clauses and the economy principle

M Knyazev

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    Abstract

    The paper aims at accounting for the fact that Russian that-clauses can be “doubled” by a demonstrative if it carries oblique case but cannot if it carries accusative case unless it receives focus stress. I assume (following several previous accounts) that clauses are headed by a silent determiner that in certain environments “blocks” the occurrence of the overt determiner and that this is a more economical option in the sense of Minimalist framework. The environments where “blocking” fails to apply are those where the silent determiner is ruled out due to independent principles leaving thus no basis for comparison. Specifically, I assume that the silent determiner is deficient in phi- (and possibly other) features necessary for convergence.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationActa linguistica petropolitana. Trudy Instituta lingvisticheskikh issledovanii. T. VI. chast' 3 [Institute for Linguistic Research Working Papers. Vol.6. P.3]: Materialy Sed’moj Konferencii po tipologii i grammatike dlja molodyx issledovatelej [Proceedings of the 7th Conference on Typology and Grammar for Young Researches].
    EditorsN. N. Kazansky
    Place of PublicationSt. Petersburg
    PublisherNauka
    Pages81-84
    Number of pages4
    Publication statusPublished - 4 Nov 2010

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