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Deriving an object dislocation asymmetry in Luganda

Rodrigo Ranero

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    <subfield code="a">&lt;p&gt;In this paper, I document and analyze an object-dislocation asymmetry in Luganda&lt;br&gt;
(Bantu: JE15) that becomes apparent only upon comparing double object left-dislo-&lt;br&gt;
cation versus double object right-dislocation. If two objects are left-dislocated, the&lt;br&gt;
object markers (OMs) on the verb are strictly ordered OMTHEME &amp;gt; OMGOAL/BEN and&lt;br&gt;
the dislocated objects are ordered freely, either goal/ben &amp;gt; theme or theme &amp;gt;&lt;br&gt;
goal/ben. In contrast, if two objects are right-dislocated, the objects cannot be&lt;br&gt;
freely ordered &amp;mdash; two right-dislocated objects must be ordered goal/ben &amp;gt; theme.&lt;br&gt;
However, in double object right-dislocation, the OMs must also be ordered OMTHEME&lt;br&gt;
&amp;gt; OMGOAL/BEN . I propose that this asymmetry can be captured if left-dislocated ob-&lt;br&gt;
jects are base generated in their surface position, whereas right-dislocated objects&lt;br&gt;
are derived via movement. Several predictions concerning binding and superiority&lt;br&gt;
effects are borne out, providing support for the analysis.&lt;/p&gt;

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