The syntax of Spanish <i>parecer</i> and the status of little <i>pro</i>

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The existence of a null argument in preverbal position in null subject sentences has been challenged in recent years. This paper presents new empirical evidence based on binding considerations in favor of a syntactically realized argument in preverbal position in null subject sentences. Using raising constructions such as those with the Spanish verb <i>parecer</i> &#8216;to seem&#8217;, I show that the null subject in raising constructions behaves as if in a preverbal position in the matrix sentence. The simplest explanation for this state of affairs is to assume that there is a <i>pro</i> in preverbal position.


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