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Polysemy Deriving from Possessor Ascension

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Title:Polysemy Deriving from Possessor Ascension
Authors:Hwang, Kyuseek
Date Issued:01 Nov 2006
Publisher:University of Hawai'i at Mānoa Department of Linguistics
Citation:Hwang, Kyuseek. 2006. Polysemy Deriving from Possessor Ascension. University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa Working Papers in Linguistics 37(6).
Series:University of Hawai‘I at Mānoa Working Papers in Linguistics
Abstract:This paper investigates a construction in Korean which is ambiguous between a causative and a passive interpretation. I propose that such ambiguous sentences are polysemous and the polysemy is derived from A-movement, in particular, so-called possessor ascension, in agreement with Whitman and Han 1988 and Kim and Pires 2002. The proposed “possessor ascension” is justified from the Minimalist Program (MP) perspective. Specifically, I propose that the motivation of the possessor ascension is EPP (Extended Projection Principle) on T and solve several apparent problems by appealing to Equidistance due to V-to-T movement and the Phase Impenetrability Constraint (PIC) based on the Phase model (Chomsky 2005, 2001, 2000).
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