The subject-in-situ generalization revisited

  • The goal of this paper is to re-examine the status of the condition in (1) proposed in Alexiadou and Anagnostopoulou (2001; henceforth A&A 2001), in view of recent developments in syntactic theory. (1) The subject-in-situ generalization (SSG) By Spell-Out, vP can contain only one argument with a structural Case feature. We argue that (1) is a more general condition than previously recognized, and that the domain of its application is parametrized. More specifically, based on a comparison between Indo-European (IE) and Khoisan languages, we argue that (1) supports an interpretation of the EPP as a general principle, and not as a property of T. Viewed this way, the SSG is a condition that forces dislocation of arguments as a consequence of a constraint on Case checking.

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Author:Artemis AlexiadouORCiDGND, Elena AnagnostopoulouORCiDGND
Editor:Uli Sauerland, Hans-Martin Gärtner
Document Type:Preprint
Date of Publication (online):2008/09/23
Year of first Publication:2007
Publishing Institution:Universitätsbibliothek Johann Christian Senckenberg
Release Date:2008/09/23
Tag:agree; argument dislocation; case; cyclicity; epp; subject inversion; syntax
GND Keyword:Khoisan
Page Number:28
First Page:1
Last Page:28
Preprint, erschienen in: Uli Sauerland ; Hans-Martin Gärtner (Hrsg.): Interfaces + recursion = language? : Chomsky's minimalism and the view from syntax semantics, Berlin ; New York : Mouton de Gruyter, 2007, Studies in generative grammar ; 89, ISBN: 978-3-11-018872-1, ISBN: 3-11-018872-4, ISBN: 978-3-11-020755-2, ISBN: 3-11-020755-9
Source: ; Uli Sauerland, Hans-Martin Gärtner (eds.): Interfaces + recursion = language? : Chomskys minimalism and the view from syntax semantics. - Berlin, 2007, S. 31-60
Dewey Decimal Classification:4 Sprache / 40 Sprache / 400 Sprache
Linguistik-Klassifikation:Linguistik-Klassifikation: Syntax
Licence (German):License LogoDeutsches Urheberrecht