Journal of Linguistics

Control and semantic resource sensitivity 1

a1 University of Canterbury

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This paper examines tensions between the syntax of control and semantic resource sensitivity. Structure sharing of controller and control target leads to apparent RESOURCE DEFICIT under certain circumstances. An analysis is presented using Glue Semantics for Lexical Functional Grammar. It demonstrates that structure sharing and resource sensitivity can be reconciled without giving up or relaxing either notion. It is shown that the analysis can handle either property or propositional denotations for controlled complements. The analysis is extended to finite controlled complements, which raise the opposing problem of RESOURCE SURPLUS. A solution is proposed and its typological implications discussed. The syntax and semantics of control as structure sharing is compared to a recent anaphoric control analysis by Dalrymple (2001). Based on facts of exhaustive and partial control, the present analysis is argued to be superior.

(Published Online November 15 2005)
(Received September 9 2003)
(Revised February 22 2005)

c1 Linguistics Department, University of Canterbury, Private Bag 4800, Christchurch, New Zealand. E-mail:


1 I would like to thank the following people for their assistance and for helpful discussions: Joan Bresnan, Daniel Büring, Gennaro Chierchia, Dick Crouch, Mary Dalrymple, Ron Kaplan, Tracy Holloway King, Paul Kiparsky, Hanjung Lee, John Maxwell, Jim McCloskey, Dave McKercher, Line Mikkelsen, Yukiko Morimoto, David Pesetsky, Chris Potts, Ivan Sag, Peter Sells, Ida Toivonen, Nigel Vincent, Draga Zec, and audiences at Stanford's Semantics Fest 1 and LFG 2000. Thanks also to the anonymous JL referees and to Bob Borsley and Ewa Jaworska at JL. I accept full responsibility for any errors. This work was supported in part by SSHRC Doctoral Fellowship 752-98-0424.