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Claire Halpert

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780190256470

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190256470.001.0001

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Licensing and vP

Licensing and vP

Evidence from the Conjoint/Disjoint Alternation

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(p.118) Chapter 4 Licensing and vP
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Argument Licensing and Agreement
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Claire Halpert

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190256470.003.0004

This chapter builds on the proposal for Zulu case-licensing developed in chapter 3, arguing that a separate morphosyntactic process, the conjoint/disjoint alternation, is also a reflection of the case-licensing head L. It demonstrates that the conjoint/disjoint alternation tracks the contents of vP, which is the domain of the L case-licensing process, and suggests that morphological alternation of the conjoint/disjoint is a reflection of whether L has found a goal to license inside vP. This chapter also considers the ordering of T and L operations in Zulu, arguing that while in principle either order is possible, when L probes before T it induces Activity Condition effects on its goal. The timing of operations in Zulu is compared to similar effects in Icelandic, suggesting that the same principles are at work in both languages.

Keywords:   case, Activity Condition, Zulu, Icelandic, conjoint/disjoint alternation

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