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Possessor Raising


Various languages allow instances of external possession-possessive encoding without a possessive structure in DP. The analysis of these cases has long been a battleground of raising versus control. I provide a new argument from Nez Perce in support of possessor raising of a type thematically parallel to raising to subject. The possessor phrase moves from a possessum-DP-internal position to an athematic A-position within vP. Like raising to subject, this movement is obligatory and does not result in the assignment of a new role to the moving element. A case-driven treatment of possessor raising is proposed. © 2013 by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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