Based on the revised syntactic structures of the faire-causatives in French, this article argues that the placement of different clitics in the faire-causatives can be well accounted for by making reference to the feature defectivity/completeness of clitics and that of their host. On the one hand, the faire-à (FA) construction involves a biclausal structure, where the raised causativized v in the embedded clause is defective and it triggers the object to prepose. On the other hand, four types of clitics are identified with respect to their feature contents, which are licensed by different applications of three syntactic dependency operations: Agree-match, Agree-value and Agree-check.

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