A Data-driven Approach to Generalised Control Relations in a Discourse Pro-drop Language: Insights from a Parallel-correspondence System of Grammar

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In this talk, I present a typology of control relations attested in Mandarin Chinese – a “discourse pro-drop language”, which in general allows subjects and objects to be unexpressed (see e.g., Huang, 1984, 1989; Neeleman & Szendrői, 2007, 2008; Roberts & Holmberg, 2010). My talk adopts a broad definition of control, termed as “Generalised Control Relation” (cf. Huang, 1989). I illustrate how this notion of control is interpreted in an LFG-based parallel-correspondence architecture. My approach is data-driven, focusing on meticulous analysis of empirical evidence which has been obtained by applying a range of linguistic diagnostics. The systematic classification of control relations results in a Continuum of Control Force, which I argue has empirical significance for studying control relations in a discourse pro-drop language.
Period30 Oct 2021
Event title30th South of England LFG Meeting
Event typeConference
LocationOxford, United KingdomShow on map
Degree of RecognitionNational


  • Control theory
  • pro-drop
  • syntax
  • Chinese
  • Lexical-Functional Grammar