Article published in:The Limits of Syntactic Variation
Edited by Theresa Biberauer
[Linguistik Aktuell/Linguistics Today 132] 2008
► pp. 295–310
The Case-F valuation parameter in Romance
In this paper I propose that the operation of Agree (Chomsky 2000, 2001) isparameterized with respect to the valuation of Case features. I build here on theideas put forward in Fernández-Salgueiro (2005), where I argued that Agreehas to be modified in certain respects in order to generate Further-Raisingconstructions, i.e., A-Movement after Spec-Head agreement with ϕ-completeTense, which is possible in many Romance languages. If this is not done, FurtherRaising constructions incur a violation of economy constraints on movement,i.e., the principle of Last Resort. I also suggested that Case-F Valuation on subjectDPs can be delayed in most Romance languages, but not in other languages likeEnglish. Here I develop the features of such a parametric approach in more detail,and comment on acquisition issues and possible consequences for the generaltheory of parametric variation as understood in the Minimalist Program.
Published online: 17 September 2008
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