Why Things May Move: Evidence from (Circumstantial) Control

Youssef A. Haddad


In the Minimalist Program, movement is considered to be driven by feature checking. An element moves in order to check a feature of its own or a feature on the target (Lasnik 1995). This paper presents evidence from Forward/Backward Adjunct Control in Telugu, a Dravidian language, to show that movement may also be triggered by the feature requirements of the head of the maximal projection that dominates the moving element. The analysis, if correct, may be a solution to a major problem faced by the Movement Theory of Control: What triggers the movement of the subordinate subject in a control structure?

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