Microvariation in null subject languages

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This chapter focuses on linguistic variation within Romance languages, providing a reinterpretation of Uriagereka&#8217;s (1988a; 1995a; 1995b) <i>FP</i>, a left peripheral projection whose role is parasitic on language specific morphological properties. In the context of Phase Theory, I suggest to recast FP as a property of phase heads boosting their left periphery (their <i>edge</i>), arguing in favor of a cross-linguistic parallel behavior in phase domains: languages that have a more active CP edge, have a more active v*P edge. The chapter also addresses the status of <i>defective T</i>, paying special attention to Romance raising and subjunctive clauses, for which a Reprojection analysis is put forward. Finally, word order patterns are considered in detail, focusing on the licensing of (and dependencies established between) objects and subjects.


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