The Licensing of Structural Case in Standard Arabic

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Abstract

In this paper I propose a new theory to account for the structural Case facts in Standard Arabic (SA). I argue that structural Case in SA is licensed by a feature called Verbal Case (VC). To motivate my proposal, I first argue that the two major theories of the feature(s) responsible for licensing structural Case cannot account for the Case checking facts in SA. I then show that structural Case is not licensed when VC is not licensed, despite the presence of tense, agreement, and mood. Finally, I revitalize an old observation about verbs in SA, basically the fact that they receive some form of case from particles (Sibawayhi 8th century). I formalize this observation and claim that, like DPs, verbs in SA receive abstract formal licensing, thus have a [VC] feature. By showing that Case/licensing is active in the verbal as well as the nominal system, this account argues against proposals eliminating abstract Case from UG, like Marantz (1991) and McFadden (2004), among others.
Original languageEnglish
Pages1-15
Number of pages15
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2010
EventThe Annual Meeting of the Canadian Linguistic Association, Concordia University, Canada - Concordia, Canada
Duration: May 29 2010May 31 2010
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ConferenceThe Annual Meeting of the Canadian Linguistic Association, Concordia University, Canada
Period5/29/105/31/10
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