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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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Uninterpretable Features Are Incompatible in Morphology with Other Minimalist Postulates

Uninterpretable Features Are Incompatible in Morphology with Other Minimalist Postulates

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(p.42) (p.43) 3 Uninterpretable Features Are Incompatible in Morphology with Other Minimalist Postulates
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Foundational Issues in Linguistic Theory
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M. Rita Manzini

Leonardo M. Savoia

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The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262062787.003.0004

This chapter examines the theory that both morphological and syntactic structures are constructed from the same set of categories. Focusing on clitic variation across Romance dialects (specifically Italian and Swiss), it argues that it is necessary to redefine the standard morphological feature set (person, number, gender, case). It also suggests that both syntax and morphology should be based on syntactic categories such as nominal class, quantification, and definiteness, and not on the traditional f-features and Case. The chapter also considers plurals and datives, nominatives, Agree, nominal class and person, accusatives, and minimalism.

Keywords:   clitic variation, Romance dialects, feature set, syntactic categories, nominal class, Case, datives, nominatives, accusatives, minimalism

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