Verb Movement and Expletive Subjects in the Germanic Languages

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Oxford University Press, Apr 13, 1995 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 304 pages
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This book is the study of two different kinds of variation across the Germanic languages. One involves the position of the finite verb, and the other the possible positions of the "logical" subject in constructions with expletive (or "dummy") subjects. The book applies the theory of Principles-and-Parameters to the study of comparative syntax. Several languages are considered, including less frequently discussed ones like Danish, Faroese, Icelandic, and Yiddish.
 

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Contents

II VERB MOVEMENT
37
III EXPLETIVE SUBJECTS
165
References
273
Language Index
283

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Page 16 - Relativized Minimality: X a-governs Y only if there is no Z such that (i) Z is a typical potential a-governor for Y, (ii) Z c-commands Y and does not c-command X.
Page 16 - Y are coindexed (ii) X c-commands Y (iii) no barrier intervenes (iv) Relativized Minimality is respected.

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