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University of Pennsylvania Working Papers in Linguistics

Abstract

In this paper, we discuss the results of the first large-scale experimental investigation of Partial Control (PC) in German. The results show that Partial Control is indeed available in the language, pace claims to the contrary in the literature. Moreover, they support the existence of two different mechanisms to derive Partial Control in German. While one mechanism is licensed by properties of the matrix predicate (True PC; Landau 2000, 2004, 2015, Pearson 2013, 2016, a.o.), the other mechanism is dependent on the ability of the embedded predicate to occur with a comitative PP. A PC-reading is obtained in the latter case when the comitative is not overtly expressed (Fake PC; Hornstein 2003, Sheehan 2012, 2014).

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