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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

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

Omer Preminger

The MIT Press

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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