In this paper, we investigate a syntactic gap in the structure of the Balkan languages, the absence of Clitic Climbing, which we argue to be a consequence of a well-known Balkanism, namely the loss of the infinitive. For this purpose, we propose a division of the finite constructions that have replaced the infinitive in three categories: Restructuring (Raising), Control, and Subjunctivelike constructions. We also briefly discuss evidence for the existence of selective Clitic Climbing in older stages and in modern dialects of the Balkan languages.

In this paper, we investigate a syntactic gap in the structure of the Balkan languages, the absence of Clitic Climbing, which we argue to be a consequence of a well-known Balkanism, namely the loss of the infinitive. For this purpose, we propose a division of the finite constructions that have replaced the infinitive in three categories: Restructuring (Raising), Control, and Subjunctive-like constructions. We also briefly discuss evidence for the existence of selective Clitic Climbing in older stages and in modern dialects of the Balkan languages.

Universal Constraints on Balkanisms. A Case Study: The Absence of Clitic Climbing

Iliana Krapova
Membro del Collaboration Group
;
Guglielmo Cinque
Membro del Collaboration Group
2018

Abstract

In this paper, we investigate a syntactic gap in the structure of the Balkan languages, the absence of Clitic Climbing, which we argue to be a consequence of a well-known Balkanism, namely the loss of the infinitive. For this purpose, we propose a division of the finite constructions that have replaced the infinitive in three categories: Restructuring (Raising), Control, and Subjunctivelike constructions. We also briefly discuss evidence for the existence of selective Clitic Climbing in older stages and in modern dialects of the Balkan languages.
Balkan Syntax and (Universal) Principles of Grammar
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