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Abstract

Basque is traditionally described as a three-way pro-drop language, a<br />paradigmatic instance of the positive setting of the pro-drop parameter. This<br />article investigates the phenomenon of silent arguments in Basque and proposes<br />a novel account of this phonological emptiness. It is argued that Basque silent<br />arguments are best analyzed as elided DPs. This account avoids the shortcomings<br />of the pro-drop analysis with respect to the licensing and interpretation effects<br />of silent arguments, and its interaction with information structure allows astraightforward explanation of the distribution of overt and silent arguments.

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