Possessor raising


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.

Publication date: 
January 1, 2013
Publication type: 
Recent Publication
Deal, Amy Rose. 2013. Possessor raising. Linguistic Inquiry 44(3), 391–432.