Adjunct control and the poverty of the stimulus: Availability vs. evidence

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Abstract

Subject control in non-finite adjuncts is observed across languages (as in ‘John called Mary after drawing a picture’). Research on the acquisition of adjunct control has generally focused on the relevant grammatical components and when they are acquired. This paper considers these components in the context of the linguistic input to ask how control in adjuncts is acquired. Although adjunct control is available in the input, the instances themselves do not provide evidence for abstract syntactic relations. Implications are considered for linguistic dependencies and the evidence in the input.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationNon-canonical Control in a Cross-linguistic Perspective
EditorsAnne Mucha, Jutta Hartmann, Beata Trawiński
PublisherJohn Benjamins Publishing Company
ChapterPart II
Pages223-257
Number of pages35
ISBN (Print)9789027209276
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2021

Publication series

NameLinguistics Today
PublisherJohn Benjamins Publishing Company
ISSN (Print)0166-0829

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