San Lucas Quiaviní Zapotec, an endangered and little-examined indigenous language of Mexico, shows a range of syntactic and morphological phenomena incompatible with standard Minimalist accounts of verb movement: verbs and clearly phrasal constituents behave identically in a number of syntactic constructions, and the ordering of verbal morphemes is problematic for standard assumptions of verbal head movement.

This work proposes a VP-remnant raising account for these phenomena, motivated by Kayne's (1992) Antisymmetry program. This work also examines consequences of phrasal remnant movement for negation constructions, question formation; and the interpretation of tense, aspect, and mood.

  • ISBN13: 9781402043000
  • Publisher: Springer
  • Pubilcation Year: 2006
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Pages: 00273
SeriesStudies in Natural Language and Linguistic Theory
Series Volume Number66
Publication DateMarch 24, 2006

Remnant Raising and Vso Clausal Architecture: A Case Study of San Lucas Quiavini Zapotec

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