Tim Chou presented a paper at the 12th SICOGG conference (Seoul International Conference on Generative Grammar) at Konkuk University in Seoul, South Korea. The title of the paper is “Feature Inheritance and Minimality.”


Chinese epistemic modals like yinggai ‘should’ have been assumed to be main predicates taking a TP complement as in (1) (cf. [4]). Lin (to appear) notes that both subject and object can raise to the matrix clause, as shown in (2) and (3). What makes (3) interesting is that the raising of the object appears to violate the Minimal Link Condition (MLC) since it crosses the subject which is the closest goal to the probe of matrix T. Lin suggests that the object raising in (3), in contrast to the A-movement in (2), is an instance of A’-movement, and hence the MLC violation is only apparent. In this paper, I present arguments challenging this A’-movement analysis of (3) and argue that the MLC problem posed by (3) is real.

  1. Yinggai [TP Zhangsan zhunbe wancan]
    Should          ZS               prepare dinner
    ‘It should be the case that ZS prepares the dinner.’
  2. [CP [TP Zhangsani T yinggai [TP ti [v*P ti [VP zhunbe wancan]]]]]. [Subject raising]
    ‘Zhangsan should prepare the dinner.’
  3. [CP [TP Wancani yinggai [TP Zhangsan zhunbe ti] [Object raising – MLC violation?]
    ‘The dinner should be prepared by ZS.’