Control in Greek gerunds: Implicit arguments and other factors

George Kotzoglou


This paper discusses the control properties of the subjects of Greek gerunds. First, we discuss the control properties of overt subjects that are disjoint in reference from matrix arguments and we conclude that these subjects constitute only apparent counterexamples to the requirement that only controlled null elements appear as subjects of non-finite forms in non-case-marked positions. Then, we focus on covert subjects that are non-coreferential with matrix overt arguments. We conclude that such subjects can only be present when controlled by an implicit argument of the matrix clause. Finally, we point out some problematic aspects of the proposal put forth here.


gerunds, control, implicit argument, Greek

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