Menace under the microscope
Dominique Sportiche
May 2010

I discuss the French verb menacer (threaten) and the puzzling control shift behavior it exhibits under passivization. I argue that to understand this behavior, we must (i) decompose VPs, (ii) assume that control is syntactic and (iii) assume that control operates under the Minimal Distance Principle.
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Reference: lingbuzz/001083
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Published in: in Studies in Syntax for Jan Koster, edited by Jan-Wouter Zwart and Mark de Vries, Linguistik Aktuell/Linguistics Today 164 , John Benjamins
keywords: control, control shift, vp structure, syntax, semantics
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