Backward control in Modern Standard Arabic

Nurit Melnik, Tali Arad Greshler

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This paper is the third in a series of papers dedicated to the investigation
of subjunctive complement clauses in Modern Standard Arabic. It began with
Arad Greshler et al.’s (2016) search for obligatory control predicates in the
language and continued with Arad Greshler et al.’s (2017) empirical and theoretical investigation of the backward control construction. In this paper we
show that Arad Greshler et al.’s (2017) findings and ultimate analysis, which
is cast in a transformational framework, can be straightforwardly formalized
using the existing principles and tools of HPSG. Our proposed analysis accounts for all the patterns attested with subjunctive complement clauses in
Modern Standard Arabic, including instances of control and no-control.
Original languageAmerican English
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 24th International Conference on Head-Driven Phrase Structure Grammar
EditorsStefan Muller
Place of PublicationStanford, California
PublisherCSLI Publications
StatePublished - 2017


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