Title: "Variable embedded agent in Sason Arabic"
The paper investigates the syntax of the analytic ‘make’-causatives in Sason Arabic, with a focus on the syntactic status of the implicit embedded agent and the embedded structure. The study demonstrates that this construction embeds both an active and passive VoiceP despite the absence of morphological reflex. It contends that the implicit embedded agent may be introduced (i) as a full DP in Spec,VoiceP, being subject to Romance ECM-type restrictions (cf. Kayne 1975, Boškovic 2002), and providing striking evidence of Ā-movement feeding licensing relationships, or (ii) as a free variable à la Heim (1982) generated on the Voice head itself. The latter possibility also raises implications regarding licensing, suggesting that licensing of a grammatical object is dissociated from the projection of a specifier.
We are still working on confirming dates for a few more speakers, but details about the first four speakers of the semester can be found at the SBB website, as well as below:
Feb 1 - Faruk Akkuş (UPenn)
Feb 15 - Yining Nie (NYU)
Feb 22 - Lefteris Paparounas (UPenn)
Mar 1 - Philip Shushurin (NYU)