The 'believe'-construction in Standard Arabic

Rashid Al-Balushi*

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This paper presents an analysis for the 'believe'-construction in Standard Arabic (SA). The analysis proposed here assumes the Visibility Condition, whereby structural Case is necessary to render arguments visible at LF for θ-role assignment (Aoun 1979, Chomsky 1981). The earlier approaches are untenable because they do not make proper provision for the Case-visibility requirements of the complement clause of 'believe'. Thus, they are not extendable to SA since they ignore the Case-visibility requirements of the CP complement of danna 'believe', assuming that CPs require Case for visibility (Uriagereka 2006, 2008). These requirements can be satisfied if we assume the distinction between structural Case and lexical case established in Al-Balushi (2011: 126-157) based on SA data, where structural Case is licensed on arguments and lexical case is assigned to non-arguments, nominals merged in A-bar positions. I thus propose that the Acc-marked DP (embedded subject/matrix object) does not receive structural Acc Case from the matrix v∗0, but rather lexical Acc case from the matrix predicate danna, as a lexical element, reserving the structural Acc Case for the CP argument. I also argue that this DP is an A-bar element, co-indexed with an empty category argument pro in the embedded clause.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-36
Number of pages36
JournalJournal of Linguistics
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Mar 1 2016

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Language and Linguistics
  • Philosophy
  • Linguistics and Language


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