Mind your Ps and Ks! Quirky subjects and nominal licensing
David Adger
August 2022
 

The quirky raising constructions in Irish discussed in the 1980s by both McCloskey and Stowell posed serious problems for the theories of the time, as they seemed to require either raising to the complement of P, or inherent case assigned by a predicate to a DP that it doesn't select. I revisit the issues again, bringing to bear new data from Scottish Gaelic, showing that an analysis that treats certain Ps as the spellout of an abstract K head, provides a straightforward solution to what used to be a rather problematic construction. (3.8.22 updated version removes a faulty data item that was example 40a)
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keywords: case, gaelic, irish, movement, agreement, quirky subjects, syntax
previous versions: v1 [September 2021]
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