Rethinking partial control: New evidence from finite control clauses

Christina Sevdali, Michelle Sheehan

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In this squib, we provide evidence that finite control languages like Greek and Romanian display partial control (PC), albeit in very limited contexts, contrary to what has previously been claimed in the literature. This fact poses problems for existing theories of control which predict a fundamental incompatibility between PC and [+Agr] complements. These finding can be considered welcome, however, inasmuch as the ban on PC in [+Agr] contexts appears stipulative in the context of Landau’s (2015) approach. They are also consistent with the claim that European Portuguese inflected infinitives, which are also [+Agr] also permit obligatory control (Sheehan 2018a,b).
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSyntactic Architecture and Its Consequences: Volume 3: Inside syntax
EditorsAndrás Bárány, Theresa Biberauer, Jamie Douglas, Sten Vikner
Place of PublicationBerlin
PublisherBerlin: Language Science Press
Pages1 - 20
Number of pages20
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-96110-275-4
ISBN (Print)978-3-96110-276-1
Publication statusPublished (in print/issue) - 15 Sept 2020


  • control, infinitives, Modern Greek, Romanian, partial control,


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