By Yoshiki Ogawa
Syntactically talking, it has lengthy been identified that noun words are parallel to clauses in lots of respects. whereas so much syntactic theories comprise this precept, nouns have in general been considered as not so good as verbs by way of their licensing talents, and nominal projections were considered as much less complicated than verbal projections by way of the variety of useful different types that they include. Ogawa, in spite of the fact that, argues that clauses and noun words are completely parallel. This booklet offers a unified thought of clauses and noun words, finally aiding to simplify various thorny concerns within the syntax/morphology interface.
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In the framework of the principles and parameters theory (Chomsky 1981), they claimed that not only traces left by movement but also empty Cs must be licensed by Empty Category Principle (ECP). Stowell (1981) then attributed the asymmetry to ECP by claiming that the N is scmantically in apposition to its sentential complement and does not assign a 9 -role to it; since Q -role assignment is a prerequisite for proper head government, N cannot be qualified as a proper head governor. However, the sentential complement in (2) is clearly not in apposition to the N but should be regarded as the internal argument of the N, since it is the proposition to be proved and the proof can refer to the process of proving the proposition.
Rizzi (1990) assumes that the null C in English has one common property with 24 A Unified Theory of Verbal and Nominal Projections the overt Cs in those languages in that it has an abstract Agr feature. On the basis of this assumption, Rizzi accounts for the fact that the so-called Comp-trace effect is absent in the presence of overt morphological agreement in French and in the presence of the null C in English. More specifically, Rizzi proposes that the null C in English is engaged in an abstract agreement relation with the clausemate subject when the latter undergoes overt wh-movement.
Thus, we have apparently come back to the starting point: why is the null C possible in MSLs? The apparent problem lies in the fact that in these languages no verbs can raise to Infl overtly, though the matrix finite verbs must be located in C. This situation is in conflict with our generalization in (47) presented for German, Dutch, and Frisian, which is repeated here as (57): (57) Only the verbs that can raise to Infl overtly can also raise to C overtly. Verb Raising and Null Complementizers 41 We have assumed that it holds universally and suggested the possibility that it is derived from the Head Movement Constraint or the Minimal Link Condition.
A Unified Theory of Verbal and Nominal Projections (Oxford Studies in Comparative Syntax) by Yoshiki Ogawa