In this article, we analyze five reduced structures in Italian that display morphological agreement between their past participle and their internal argument. Three of the five structures have full illocutionary force despite lacking the middle field and the left periphery. We explain this fact (and the differences with the two remaining participial structures) by extending to object agreement cases Chomsky’s (2019) hypothesis that clauses are exocentric but can be labeled by a mechanism of feature sharing. This goes against the hypothesis that all reduced structures interpreted as clauses must be elliptical.
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October 06 2022
Labeling (Reduced) Structures: When VPs Are Sentences
In Special Collection: CogNet
Online ISSN: 1530-9150
Print ISSN: 0024-3892
© 2022 by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Linguistic Inquiry 1–37.
Carlo Cecchetto, Caterina Donati; Labeling (Reduced) Structures: When VPs Are Sentences. Linguistic Inquiry 2022; doi: https://doi.org/10.1162/ling_a_00460
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