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Foundational Issues in Linguistic TheoryEssays in Honor of Jean-Roger Vergnaud$
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Robert Freidin, Carlos P. Otero, and Maria Luisa Zubizarreta

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780262062787

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262062787.001.0001

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On the Development of Case Theory: Triumphs and Challenges

On the Development of Case Theory: Triumphs and Challenges

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Foundational Issues in Linguistic Theory

Howard Lasnik

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Drawing on Jean-Roger Vergnaud’s argument that notions of Case and government are deeply embedded in the principles of Universal Grammar, this chapter explores the evolution of Case theory, which explains the distribution of phonetically realized subjects in infinitival clauses. It considers Vergnaud’s original formulation of a Case principle, which deals primarily with the distribution of phonetically realized noun phrase in the subject position of an infinitival clause, as well as Noam Chomsky’s formulation of the Case Filter. It also discusses how Case enters a derivation, the precise formulation of the Case Filter, and the level (or levels) of representation in which the Case Filter applies.

Keywords:   infinitival clauses, Jean-Roger Vergnaud, Case, government, Universal Grammar, Case theory, noun phrase, Noam Chomsky, Case Filter, derivation

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