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Reflexive Functional Head, Verbal and Nominal Predicates
Irina Burukina
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This study investigates reflexives in Kaqchikel (Mayan; ergative, V1) and argues that they should be analyzed in terms of the functional head approach (Labelle 2008). The paper proposes that in Kaqhikel there is a special Voice-type head that introduces an external argument and establishes co-reference between the object and the subject. Labelle's original analysis is further elaborated to account for the specific Kaqchikel data and one puzzle in particular: the peculiar behavior of relational nominal predicates (similar to English friend, enemy) in contrast with non-relational nominal predicates. Finally, the paper draws a parallel between transitive verbs and relational nouns and advocates the idea that the reflexive voice head can select nominal complements as well as VPs.

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Proceedings of the 36th West Coast Conference on Formal Linguistics
edited by Richard Stockwell, Maura O'Leary, Zhongshi Xu, and Z.L. Zhou
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