This chapter presents data from Brazilian Portuguese, Finnish and Chinesewhich show that, at least in these languages, phonologically null subjects may belicensed and identified without the participation of verbal agreement. The analysisproposed treats those cases of null subjects as elided topics (PF-deleted elements)and so it relates the presence of null subjects in these languages to a parameterinvolving topic prominence. Some implications of the analysis are then discussed,based on Brazilian Portuguese data.
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2012. Disambiguating Syntactic Triggers. Language Acquisition 19:2 ► pp. 83 ff.
2015. Is Hong Kong Sign Language a topic-prominent language?. Linguistics 53:4
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