The cartography of phases
Facts and inference in Meiteilon
This paper investigates the relation between cartographic and phasal heads in the light of Chomsky’s recent proposals (2007) of feature transfer from C to T; the data come from Meiteilon, a language that lacks Tense morphology. I argue that the evidence from this language provides striking confirmation for the proposals that something like T exists even in languages without Tense, insofar that this head inherits uninterpretable features from a higher C-like dominating head. Moreover, the evidence from finite clausal complementation in the language shows that such feature transfer/inheritance relations are restricted to within phases.
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