Argument features, clausal structure and the computation

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This paper claims that case is vP-internally interpretable and that high NP-movement is driven by (minimally) two other ‘forces’: Person checking in a position higher than Tense, and EPP (Fin) checking in a still higher position, ‘Spec,IP’. This is evidenced by ‘low’ nominatives, quirky agreement, Stylistic Fronting and expletivedistribution. Another central claim of the paper is that grammar <i>interprets </i>event features in relation to speech features. In particular, Person drives NP-movement because it computes event participants (cased ?-roles) in relation to speech participants, much as Tense links event time to speech time. As evidenced by both tense interpretation and pronoun interpretation, the finite clause is a Speech Phrase, SP, containing <i>syntactic </i>speech features.


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