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Principles and Parameters in a VSO LanguageA Case Study in Welsh$
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Ian G. Roberts

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780195168211

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195168211.001.0001

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Case, Agreement, and Mutation

Case, Agreement, and Mutation

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(p.47) 2 Case, Agreement, and Mutation
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Principles and Parameters in a VSO Language
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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195168211.003.0003

This chapter attempts to find the corollaries of the parameter values responsible for the movements identified as underlying VSO order in Chapter 1. A comparison with the behaviour of subject clitics in Northern Italian dialects leads to the conclusion that subject-agreement marking in Welsh is a form of incorporated clitic pronoun. This plays a central role in triggering verb-movement, leading to the suggestion that there is no motivation for appealing further to a ‘strong V-feature’. The analysis of the trigger for subject-raising leads to a general account of structural Case-assignment, which, when applied to direct objects, also provides an account of direct-object mutation. Here too, the notion of ‘strong D-feature’ plays no role.

Keywords:   VSO languages, verb-movement, subject raising, subject clitics, agreement, anti-agreement, Case theory, direct-object mutation

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