Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2-2009

Journal

Lingua

Volume

119

Issue

2

First Page

224

Last Page

241

URL with Digital Object Identifier

http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.lingua.2007.10.013

Abstract

This paper examines apparent noun incorporation in Malagasy that is the result of external possession (possessor raising). It is shown that such incorporation is not derived via head movement or via compounding. Instead, it is argued that this is an instance of pseudo noun incorporation (Massam, 2001): the possessum is merged as an NP sister to the predicate. As for the structure of external possession, a non-movement analysis is proposed: the apparent possessor is generated as the specifier of a null possessive head and binds an empty argument position within the possessum. The resulting structure and meaning are shown to be parallel to experiencer ‘have’ constructions in English.