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Title: Topicalisation and Extraction in Bikol
Issue Date: 16-Apr-2018
Citation: LIM MIN CHERYL (2018-04-16). Topicalisation and Extraction in Bikol. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: Many Austronesian languages, including Philippine languages, follow a Subject-Only Restriction, where the only DP argument that can undergo extraction is the subject. This paper looks at the Subject-Only Restriction in relation to topicalisation and cleft-formation in Bikol. While this paper provides data to illustrate strong syntactic evidence for the Subject-Only Restriction in Bikol, more interesting are the apparent exceptions to this generalisation, also described in this paper. This paper suggests that the Subject-Only Restriction is an over-specification caused by the association of subjecthood with nominative case, and instead proposes that the extraction generalisation be extended to any nominative-marked argument. Motivated by Bikol data, this paper assumes an existing framework by Aldridge (2004, 2008, 2017) for the extraction generalisation and adapts it to account for the exceptions described, proposing that Bikol uses topicalisation as a “promotion device” to base generate non-subjects high to facilitate non-subject extraction.
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