The macroparameter in a microparametric world

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This paper considers the role of macroparameters in parametric theory. It<br />is argued that a system in which all syntactic variation is ascribed solely to<br />microparametric differences in the make-up of functional heads, as assumed<br />under the so-called Borer-Chomsky Conjecture, cannot account for actually<br />attested patterns of variation. In the word-order domain, for example, the facts<br />seem to point to the kind of bimodal distribution expected on a macroparametric<br />view, with microparameters accounting for the observed “noise”. A similar<br />scenario is also argued to obtain in the domain of agreement, once two newmacroparameters, presented here, are taken into account.


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