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Linguistic Inquiry

Summer 2013, Vol. 44, No. 3, Pages 391-432
(doi: 10.1162/LING_a_00133)
© 2013 Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Possessor Raising
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Abstract

Various languages allow instances of external possession—possessive encoding without a possessive structure in DP. The analysis of these cases has long been a battleground of raising versus control. I provide a new argument from Nez Perce in support of possessor raising of a type thematically parallel to raising to subject. The possessor phrase moves from a possessum-DP-internal position to an athematic A-position within vP. Like raising to subject, this movement is obligatory and does not result in the assignment of a new θ-role to the moving element. A case-driven treatment of possessor raising is proposed.