UCL Working Papers in Linguistics 15 (2003)

A PRO-less theory of control


In this paper I present a theory of obligatory control which is PRO free. The account is binding-based, but grounded in minimalist principles, in that it assumes an encoding of syntactic properties that satisfies Inclusiveness. The control relation is expressed in terms of how lexical semantic properties of a predicate are mapped onto lexical syntactic properties. Its advantages are that it can derive the universal absence of controlled objects as well as provide an answer for why the locality of obligatory control resists any reduction to Shortest Move.

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