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The Nominative Puzzle and the Low Nominative Hypothesis

Publiceringsår: 2006
Språk: Engelska
Sidor: 289-308
Publikation/Tidskrift/Serie: Linguistic Inquiry
Volym: 37
Nummer: 2
Dokumenttyp: Artikel i tidskrift
Förlag: MIT Press


Under the view of nominative Case taken by Chomsky (2000, 2001), one would expect nominative to be the marked or complex Case, being merged after accusative. In fact, however, it is the other way around, nominative preconditioning accusative and also being the Case of simple

structures (unaccusative, etc.). The article argues that this Nominative Puzzle is not real, the nominative argument in fact being the first argument merged, raised across the accusative later in the derivation for independent reasons. This approach not only accounts for the dependency

correlation between accusative and nominative (Burzio’s

Generalization), but also offers a derivational account of Condition A correlations (anaphors being merged higher than their ‘‘antecedents’’). Importantly, it also makes it possible to explain Icelandic quirky constructions

in terms of a general matching theory. In addition, the article develops a novel approach to Move as applying for the purpose of successful feature matching.


  • Languages and Literature
  • quirky Case
  • Move
  • Condition A
  • structural Case
  • Burzio’s Generalization
  • intervention


  • GRIMM-lup-obsolete
  • ISSN: 1530-9150

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