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Agreement and Its Failures$
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Omer Preminger

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780262027403

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: January 2015

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262027403.001.0001

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Extensions and Outlook

Extensions and Outlook

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(p.215) 10 Extensions and Outlook
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Agreement and Its Failures
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Omer Preminger

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The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262027403.003.0010

This chapter discusses the implications of the results of previous chapters for topics beyond agreement and case. The first section explores the question of whether phi-feature agreement, shown to inescapably adhere to an obligatory-operations logic, is an outlier in the landscape of syntactic operations. The author surveys several other empirical domains that suggest the contrary, finding the same obligatory-operations logic at work. The domains surveyed are: Object Shift, and its relation to specificity; the Definiteness Effect, and its relation to syntactic subjecthood; and the featural underpinnings of long-distance wh-movement. The second section addresses the question of syntactic uniformity. If it is correct that an obligatory-operations logic is indispensible, we might wonder about the prospects for a syntax that completely eschews derivational time-bombs (e.g. Chomsky's 2000, 2001 'uninterpretable features'), and makes use only of obligatory operations. The author surveys some of the central challenges that such a move would face, and suggest some possible directions for how these challenges might be met.

Keywords:   syntax, Object Shift, Definiteness Effect, long-distance wh-movement, obligatory operations, derivational time-bombs, Person Licensing Condition, EPP, Case Filter

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