Aspects of the Syntax of Agreement by Cedric Boeckx

By Cedric Boeckx

This quantity brings jointly numerous strands of analysis concentrating on features of the syntax of contract, and the position that contract performs in linguistic conception. The essays accumulated the following express how and why contract has emerged lately because the primary theoretical build in minimalism. even supposing the theoretical context of the quantity is minimalist in personality, Boeckx formulates formal and considerable universals within the area of agreement.

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Modeled on Taraldsen (1995: 307)) Note further that even if the embedded subject is Quirky, the experiencer blocks movement. (29) Mér virðist Jóni líka hestarnir. ’ (30) *Jóni virðist mér líka hestarnir. In short, raising of a full category is allowed only when the experiencer is absent. 3. 2 is by no means restricted to Icelandic. ) (31) Este taxistai parece [ti estar cansado]. ’ (32) *Este taxistai nos parece [ti estar cansado]. ’ Torrego (1996: 102, (2)) Quirky Agreement 29 This parallels the Icelandic facts noted earlier (26).

No appeal to the PCC is needed. 2, but we now have to ensure that nominative objects are only licensed in the context of Quirky subjects (recall (1)). At a general level, we are here facing a situation in which the availability of a given structural Case (Nominative) is tied to the presence of thematic information (thematic/Quirky Case). The situation is strongly reminiscent of Burzio’s Generalization (Burzio 1986). The latter expresses the idea that (structural) accusative Case is available only in the presence of an element bearing the external theta-role assignment.

B. Mér virðast þeir vera skemmtilegir. ’ The four generalizations just shown constitute the core of Sigurðsson’s (1996) study, which provided the impetus for all subsequent studies on the topic. As we will see later, they require empirical refinement, but they will nevertheless stand us in good stead throughout. 2, I briefly go over one of the first attempts to provide a principled account of the generalizations highlighted in this section (Chapter 1), and point out several problems for that approach and subsequent studies that built upon it.

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