The Case-F valuation parameter in Romance

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In this paper I propose that the operation of Agree (Chomsky 2000, 2001) is<br />parameterized with respect to the valuation of Case features. I build here on the<br />ideas put forward in Fernández-Salgueiro (2005), where I argued that Agree<br />has to be modified in certain respects in order to generate Further-Raising<br />constructions, i.e., A-Movement after Spec-Head agreement with &#981;-complete<br />Tense, which is possible in many Romance languages. If this is not done, Further<br />Raising constructions incur a violation of economy constraints on movement,<br />i.e., the principle of Last Resort. I also suggested that Case-F Valuation on subject<br />DPs can be delayed in most Romance languages, but not in other languages like<br />English. Here I develop the features of such a parametric approach in more detail,<br />and comment on acquisition issues and possible consequences for the generaltheory of parametric variation as understood in the Minimalist Program.


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