Structural Ambiguities of Russian Dative Infinitival Constructions
Keywords:raising, control, dative case, selectional properties
The question about the syntactic structure of Russian dative infinitival modal constructions remains unsettled. There is an ongoing debate whether such constructions are monoclausal (Kondrashova, 1999; Moore and Perlmutter, 2000; Tsedryk, 2016) or bi-clausal (Fleisher, 2006; Jung, 2009; inter alia). This paper addresses the issue of control and raising properties in Russian dative infinitival constructions with the overt modal element of obligation/necessity nužno "need". It argues that similar to English ambiguous verbs (e.g., begin, threaten), nužno shows properties of an alternating verb. A combination of the selection-based approach (Sandaressan and McFadden, 2009) and the synthesis model (Wurmbrand and Lohninger, 2020) successfully account for this alternation.
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