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Abstract

This chapter presents data from Brazilian Portuguese, Finnish and Chinese<br />which show that, at least in these languages, phonologically null subjects may be<br />licensed and identified without the participation of verbal agreement. The analysis<br />proposed treats those cases of null subjects as elided topics (PF-deleted elements)<br />and so it relates the presence of null subjects in these languages to a parameter<br />involving topic prominence. Some implications of the analysis are then discussed,<br />based on Brazilian Portuguese data.

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