Case and word order in Lithuanian infinitival clauses revisited

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This paper considers the Lithuanian constructions with the Dative and Genitive marking of direct objects of transitive verbs in purpose infinitival clauses, studied in Franks and Lavine (2006). I adduce empirical evidence and conceptual arguments both speaking against the analysis proposed by Franks and Lavine (2006), and argue for a different account based on recent “non-orthodox” proposals in case theory. My analysis of the Lithuanian constructions is inspired by a typological comparison with Australian languages possessing “complementizing” and “associating” case marking and morphological case-stacking. I propose that the mechanism of multiple case assignment in syntax is operative in Lithuanian and show how it can naturally account for the Dative-plus-Infinitive and Genitive-plus-Infinitive constructions.


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