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Ii) a. *Le critique a peu apprécié de films. b. *Son regard a beaucoup impressionné de minettes. c. *La réorganisation a beaucoup accéléré de procédures. For the purposes of this study, Obenauer's account of these ungrammatical structures will be accepted. He proposes (op. ) that the interpretation of a QAD structure is subject to the following principle: 'Dans la structure ... QP V [NP [QP e] de ... :74). Thus the ungrammaticaliy of the sentences in (ii) derives from the na ture of the verb contained in the predicate and does not have a direct influence on my analysis of QAD.
The condition that the empty category must be of categorial status NP poses no problem. 12 The use of NPs as adverbial constituents is quite common in French (but see note 12 for some consideration of the types of NP adverbials that can appeal* in the position between the auxiliary and the past participle). 13 The condition on the realization of a variable, which says that it should have an A'-binder, is here respected. The empty Case marked NP category in the Spec N' has as its binder the NP beaucoup, which has been generated in an A'-position.
The difficulty is that the marginal, optional cases are subsumed under the condition which covers a subset of the obligatory cases, whereas the remaining obligatory cases (non-human proper names) are treated as falling under a quite separate condition. In other words, not only does this approach require the distribu tion of accusative a to be defined in terms of a disjunction of conditions, but this disjunction is orthogonal to the distinction between obligatory and optional cases. An alternative approach is to define the distribution of accusative a in terms of structural properties of the object NP.
A grammar of Atayal by Der-Hwa Victoria Rau.