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Case-driven agree, EPP, and passive in Turkish

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Abstract

This study argues for a movement-free account of passivization in Turkish. It shows that unlike what is observed in English passives, neither case nor EPP can motivate movement in Turkish passives, since, first, TP and vP do not play a role in syntactic case-checking; and second, EPP feature is not checked by Move XP in Turkish. It proposes that derivation of Turkish passives is an <i>in situ </i>phenomenon, dependent on morphological case realization, rather than on syntactic case-/EPP-checking via movement, which is also absent in the derivation of transitive, unaccusative and raising constructions in Turkish. Lack of such movement further accounts for the exceptional behavior of Turkish double-object constructions in terms of locality under passivization.

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