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On raising in Tagalog*1
School of Business Administration, Senshu University, 2-1-1
Higashi-Mita, Tama-ku, Kawasaki 214-8580, Japan Received 17
May 1999; revised 28 September 1999. Available online 5 June 2000.
This article focuses on so-called `raising' constructions in Tagalog, an
Austronesian language, and compares them with more familiar raising
constructions in languages like English. It is shown that there are interesting
differences between English-type raising and its Tagalog-type counterpart. It is
argued following Maclachlan (1996) that the differences in question are due to
the (non)availability of null operator movement in `raising' contexts (cf.
Massam, 1985). They can be accounted for in terms of feature movement (Chomsky,
1995; Takahashi, 1997) within the principles-and-parameters approach where it is
claimed that parametric variation is reducible to lexical properties (in the
case at hand, those of tense/aspect-related functional categories).
An earlier version of this paper has been presented at the Generative
Linguistics in the Old World Colloquium, held at the Central Institute of
English and Foreign Languages in Hyderabad, India, in January 1998. Thanks are
due to the audience at this event for useful discussion. I would also like to
thank anonymous Lingua reviewers for their helpful clarifications and
suggestions. All remaining errors are my own.
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