Adjunct Control in Telugu: Exceptions as Non-Exceptions

Youssef A. Haddad


South Asian languages license control into adjuncts known as conjunctive participle clauses. At the
same time, these languages allow exceptions to adjunct control. These exceptions have received very
few, mainly semantic, analyses in the literature. This paper focuses on one South Asian language,
Telugu, and offers a syntactic analysis. It shows that the so-called exceptions to adjunct control
are non-exceptions and that they are instances of Expletive Control that involve two unaccusative
predicates. The proposal is not without challenges. One challenge comes from English that does not
allow Expletive Control. The article spells out the English details and shows that they do not create
a problem for the Telugu data.

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