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Linguistic Inquiry

Spring 2013, Vol. 44, No. 2, Pages 299-319
(doi: 10.1162/LING_a_00129)
© 2013 Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Case and Licensing: Evidence from ECM+DOC
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This remark argues for the Case-theoretic concept of Case as a syntactic licensing requirement of DPs related to their case morphology, against alternatives where DPs need no syntactic licensing, or where their case morphology is unrelated to it. The argument is made from constraints on combining exceptional Case marking (ECM) and the double object construction, where there is a single object Agree/Case locus for two DPs. The mechanisms and nature of Case are briefly examined. The appendix sketches an extension to wager-class ECM.