Syntactic restrictions on infinitival imperatives in Czech

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Title:Syntactic restrictions on infinitival imperatives in Czech
Creators:
Kučerová, Ivona; ivona at alum dot mit dot edu; McMaster University, 1280 Main Street West, Hamilton, L8S 4M2, Canada
Journal or Publication Title:
Slovo a slovesnost, 70, 4, pp. 305-314
Uncontrolled Keywords:negative imperatives, well-formedness of syntactic structure, middles, Czech, English

Abstract

This paper discusses syntactic restrictions on infinitival imperatives in Czech. I argue that for an infinitival imperative to be well-formed, there must be syntactic material asymmetrically c-commanding V in the phase (cyclic domain) of the imperative. I compare this restriction to other cross-linguistic restrictions on roots: in particular, I show that the behavior of Czech infinitival imperatives is parallel to restrictions on middle constructions in English. In particular, I argue that for the English middle constructions to be well-formed, there must be syntactic material asymmetrically c-commanding v. Finally, I discuss Czech infinitival imperatives in the context of Surrogate Negative Imperative languages. I argue that the differences between Surrogate Negative Imperative languages, i.e. languages that ban negative inflected imperatives, and Czech follow from morpho-syntactic differences in negation in this class of languages and Czech.

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Title:Syntactic restrictions on infinitival imperatives in Czech
Translated title:Syntactic restrictions on infinitival imperatives in Czech
Creators:
Kučerová, Ivona; ivona at alum dot mit dot edu; McMaster University, 1280 Main Street West, Hamilton, L8S 4M2, Canada
Uncontrolled Keywords:negative imperatives, well-formedness of syntactic structure, middles, Czech, English
Subjects:P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
Divisions:Humanities and Social Sciences > 9. Section of Humanities and Philology > Institute of the Czech Language > Slovo a slovesnost
Journal or Publication Title:Slovo a slovesnost
Volume:70
Number:4
Page Range:pp. 305-314
ISSN:0037-7031
Publisher:Czech Language Institute of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic
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ID Code:4666
Item Type:Article
Deposited On:25 Nov 2009 17:28
Last Modified:07 Dec 2012 10:26

Citation

Kučerová, Ivona (2009) Syntactic restrictions on infinitival imperatives in Czech. Slovo a slovesnost, 70 (4). pp. 305-314. ISSN 0037-7031

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