Some Remarks on Isbukun Clausal Possession and Austronesian Morphosyntax
Kuo-Chiao Lin
March 2021

This paper revisits clausal possession in Isbukun Bunun, which involves two distinct structures with one single thematic interpretation. It shows that, although thematically identical, the two distinct structures are not derived via agreement/movement from a single underlying structure. To best capture the (morpho)syntactic patterns within and beyond the phenomenon, the too-many-structures problem is best analyzed as involving distinct underlying structures with expletive heads (Schäfer 2008, Wood 2015, Kastner 2016) and delayed saturation (Marantz 2013, Wood 2015, Myler 2016, Wood & Marantz 2017, Kastner 2020, Tyler 2020, inter alia) of thematic relations at work at the (morpho)syntax-semantics interface. The proposed analysis not only stands with Zeitoun’s (2000) claim that the morpheme -an in clausal possession is a locative voice marker, but also supports Myler’s (2016) theory of clausal possession and Nie’s (2019, 2020) proposal for the morphosyntax of Austronesian argument structure. Most importantly, as corroborated by clausal possession (Isbukun Bunun), possessor raising (Tagalog and Taoshang Atayal), and restructuring (Mayrinax Atayal), this paper shows that expletive heads and delayed saturation play integral roles in the (morpho)syntax-semantics of Austronesian languages.
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keywords: clausal possession, austronesian, expletive heads, delayed saturation, argument structure, morphology, syntax
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