Restructuring and clause structure in Isbukun Bunun

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Abstract

This paper studies the restructuring phenomenon in Isbukun Bunun, which exhibits special morphology and syntax that distinguish it from sentences containing common infinitives. I demonstrate that a subclass of predicates should be analyzed as restructuring predicates in Isbukun Bunun, since they apparently create transparent domains for syntactic operations such as passivization and clitic placement. I argue that the lack of clause-boundedness effects in restructuring follows trivially from the functionally impoverished structure of the restructuring infinitives, so that this construction lacks clausal properties throughout the derivation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)69-85
Number of pages17
JournalOceanic Linguistics
Volume52
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2013 Jun 1

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Language and Linguistics
  • Linguistics and Language

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