A low applicative analysis of External Possession in Russian



The paper proposes a low applicative analysis of two constructions with external possessors: namely, dative and PP external possessors headed by the preposition u. I argue that external possessors are merged by a low applicative head immediately above the DP containing the possessee. External possessors may either remain in situ or move to a subject position if there is no higher argument in the clause. I show that dative external possessors can only be licensed in the presence of an Accusative phrase; PP possessors need not be licensed and have a freer distribution. Furthermore, I argue against movement and high applicative analyses of Russian external possessors.




How to Cite

Shushurin, P. “A Low Applicative Analysis of External Possession in Russian”. Journal of Slavic Linguistics, vol. 29, no. FASL 28 extra issue, Dec. 2021, https://ojs.ung.si/index.php/JSL/article/view/160.