Clitic Placement and Multidominance

Martina Gračanin‐Yuksek

in Ways of Structure Building

Published in print June 2012 | ISBN: 9780199644933
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191741609 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Studies in Theoretical Linguistics

Clitic Placement and Multidominance

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According to Kayne”s (1994) Linear Correspondence Axiom (LCA), the linear order of terminals in a structure depends on asymmetric c-command relations among the non-terminals. Since the LCA is incompatible with multidominance (MD), the questions arise: how are MD structures linearized, and what constrains MD? Recently, several proposals have argued that an MD representation is admissible if it is linearizable by (some version of) the LCA. This chapter argues against this view. The chapter shows that an MD compatible version of the LCA cannot linearize Croatian non-MD structures containing the clitic je. The problem re-emerges in Croatian coordinated wh-questions (Q&Qs), and German Subjektlücke in finiten Sätzen. The chapter concludes that in MD representations, linear order is not predictable from the structure. Consequently, the claim that MD is constrained by linearization becomes moot. The data are explained if we adopt the claim that what constrains MD is a syntactic constraint, the COSH.

Keywords: multidominance; LCA; linearization; clitics; COSH; Q&Q; Subjektlücke in finiten Sätzen

Chapter.  7103 words. 

Subjects: Linguistics

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