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Claire Halpert

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780190256470

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190256470.001.0001

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Variation in the Syntactic Landscape

Variation in the Syntactic Landscape

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(p.264) Chapter 7 Variation in the Syntactic Landscape
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Argument Licensing and Agreement
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Claire Halpert

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190256470.003.0007

This concluding chapter reviews the basic evidence behind the proposals in this book and offers a number of conclusions about syntactic variation. It suggests that while Zulu shows evidence for novel positions of structural case and a novel intrinstically-licensing case morpheme, the basic properties of its case-licensing system are deeply familiar. It highlights a number of important theoretical consequences that the proposed account entails: that the derivation can converge even when a probe fails to find a goal (Preminger 2014) that a head can be motivated (by the EPP) to probe a second time even when it successfully finds a goal; that probes in Zulu must probe downward (contra, e.g., Zeijlstra 2012), and that the EPP is a syntactic-and not a post-syntactic-phenomenon (contra, e.g., Landau 2007). The chapter also summarizes the comparison between Zulu and Icelandic and describes the ways cross-Bantu variation might interact with the proposed theory.

Keywords:   case, agreement, EPP, Zulu, Icelandic, Bantu languages

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