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Title: Adjunct control in Telugu and Assamese
Authors: Haddad, Youssef A.
Keywords: Dravidian Languages
Indo-European Languages
Issue Date: 2007
Publisher: University of Florida
Abstract: My study explores Adjunct Control in two South Asian languages, Telugu (Dravidian) and Assamese (Indo-Aryan), within the Minimalist Program of syntactic theory. Adjunct Control is a relation of obligatory co-referentiality between two subjects, one in the matrix clause and one in an adjunct/subordinate clause of the same structure. Telugu and Assamese have non-finite Conjunctive Participle (CNP) clauses that function as adjuncts. Both languages show evidence of Adjunct Control into CNP clauses. Three types of Adjunct Control are examined. These are Forward Control, in which only the matrix subject is pronounced; Backward Control, in which only the subordinate subject is pronounced; and Copy Control, in which case both subjects are pronounced. Telugu licenses all three types of Adjunct Control, while Assamese licenses only Forward and Copy Control. Sentences (1-3) are examples from Telugu. (1) Forward Control [aakali wees-i] Kumar sandwic tinnaa-Du [hunger fall-CNP] Kumar.NOM sandwich ate-3.M.S „Having felt hungry, Kumar ate a sandwich.‟ (2) Backward Control [Kumar-ki aakali wees-i] sandwic tinnaa-Du [Kumar-DAT hunger fall-CNP] sandwich ate-3.M.S „Having felt hungry, Kumar ate a sandwich.‟ (3) Copy Control [Kumar-ki aakali wees-i] atanu/Kumar sandwic tinnaa-Du [Kumar-DAT hunger fall-CNP] he/Kumar.NOM sandwich ate-3.M.S „Having felt hungry, Kumar ate a sandwich.‟ I analyze Adjunct Control as movement, providing a detailed account of the conditions that drive and constrain each type of control. I suggest that the subject starts out in the adjunct before it moves to the matrix clause. The result is non-distinct copies of the same element in both clauses. Decisions regarding the pronunciation of copies take place on the phonological side of the computation. The pronunciation of one copy only (the matrix or adjunct copy) results in Forward or Backward Control. The pronunciation of both copies results in Copy Control.
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