By Esthela Treviño, José Lema

ISBN-10: 9027236798

ISBN-13: 9789027236791

The entire articles during this quantity specialise in the interplay of shape and which means. so much of them are built lower than the vital thesis of the Minimalist application. those works exhibit that the theoretical linguistic pattern is to find semantic elements that are assumed to have obvious syntactic repercussions via morphosyntactic and morphosemantic gains.

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25)):7 (24) Le foto del muro sono [sc t la causa della rivolta]. the pictures of the wall are the cause of the riot (25) La causa della rivolta sono [SC le foto del muro t]. the cause of the riot are the pictures of the wall In Moro's theory, an unaccusative verb selects a small clause as its comple­ ment. In a sentence like ( 1 ), by analogy with an inverse copular construction, the postverbal subject (the DP tre uomini) is the subject (remained in situ) of the small clause selected by arrivare.

It is true that, under customary assumptions about unaccusatives verbs (I am not considering any­ more Moro's theory at this stage), the direct object in (2) occupies the same position of the postverbal subject in (1). And it is also true that I am hypothesising that the latter (and whence also the former) c-commands the adjunct clause. However, per se this does not (incorrectly) predict the grammaticality of (2). Plainly, what rules out the sentence is that object control is impossible. But it is not obvious that this impossibility is due to the fact that the potential controller does not 36 CARLO CECCHETTO work that bans right-adjunction.

Suppose that a "Big DP" is generated in the argumentai object position in these sentences. The head of this "Big DP" is the clitic itself (la in (16-17)) whereas its Spec is filled by the dou- 28 CARLO CECCHETTO bled DP (l'opera prima di uno scrittore)A This Spec-head configuration ex­ plains the agreement between the DP and the clitic in gender, number and person features: Big DP Doubled DP Clitic Note that, adopting this analysis, the derivation of a CLLD sentence becomes highly constrained: assuming the equidistance device of Chomsky (1995, chapter 3), the doubled DP l'operaprima di uno scrittore cannot be extracted from the "Big DP", when the latter is inside VP.

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