Depictives and Wh-Movement of Depictives in East Slavic

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2013-09-09

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McKishnie, Andrew

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This thesis describes and provides a structural analysis for depictives and wh- movement of depictives in all three East Slavic languages, Russian, Ukrainian and Belarusian. It gives a description of two types of depictives, those that agree in case with the argument that they modify (Case Agreement Depictives, CADs) and those that invariably show instrumental case (Instrumental Case Marked Depictives, ICMDs). This thesis proposes a structural account of these depictive structures and provides an account of the restrictions on the grammatical relations of DPs modified by ICMDs, and the absence of such restrictions on DPs modified by CADs. Moreover, it provides an account of the pied-piping requirement on wh-moved CADs in Russian and Belarusian, and the absence of such a requirement on wh-moved ICMDs.

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Syntax, Minimalism, Wh-Movement, Depictives, Russian, Ukrainian, Belarusian

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