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Title:Empty noun phrases and the theory of control, with special reference to Thai
Author(s):Pingkarawat, Namtip
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):Lehman, Frederic K.
Department / Program:Linguistics
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):Language, Linguistics
Abstract:This dissertation deals with theories and principles that assign referents to empty noun phrases. The major principles are: Control Theory, Binding Theory, and Pragmatic principles. These principles are ranked in terms of the order in which they are applied in the attempt to assign an antecedent to an element. This hierarchical order is based on their domains of application.
The control relation is argued to be a local relation. Three types of the control relation are proposed: Rigid Control, where no lexical NP can occur in place of a pro; Thematic Control, where only coreferential lexical NPs can occur in place of a pro, and Non-rigid Control, where lexical NPs can occur without restriction.
The principle of Argument Inheritance is proposed to account for the coreferentiality of the arguments in the adjunct hay-clauses with those in the matrix clause. The adjunct hay-clauses inherit the argument structures from the matrix clauses. The principle of Argument Inheritance is distinguishable from the Control Theory in several respects.
Issue Date:1989
Rights Information:Copyright 1989 Pingkarawat, Namtip
Date Available in IDEALS:2011-05-07
Identifier in Online Catalog:AAI8924921
OCLC Identifier:(UMI)AAI8924921

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