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On the Necessity of Phi‐features: The Case of Bavarian Subject Extraction

Clemens Mayr

in The Complementizer Phase

Published in print August 2010 | ISBN: 9780199584352
Published online September 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780191594526 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199584352.003.0006

Series: Oxford Studies in Theoretical Linguistics

On the Necessity of Phi‐features: The Case of Bavarian Subject Extraction

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This chapter deals with long‐distance extraction of subjects in Bavarian, which violates the comp‐trace filter. It is argued that complementiser agreement licenses such extraction. In particular complementiser agreement allows subjects to be probed by higher functional heads. That is, agreement makes subjects visible for the computation. Objects, on the other hand, do not need to be in such an agreement relation, as selection by the verb render elements visible for probing once and for all.

Keywords: Bavarian; complementiser agreement; subjacency; comp‐trace effects; probing

Chapter.  9688 words. 

Subjects: Semantics

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