Subject Licensing in CP

Adam Ledgeway

in Mapping the Left Periphery

Published in print January 2011 | ISBN: 9780199740376
Published online May 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199895304 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Studies in Comparative Syntax

Subject Licensing in CP

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This chapter explores the question of whether the core IP-related property of subjecthood finds any formal reflex within the C-system and, if so, what the precise nature and location of the functional projection involved is, and under what conditions such marking of the subject is licensed within CP. In particular, evidence is adduced from the southern Italian dialect of Naples, and some other surrounding dialects of the Campania region, to support the idea that under specific pragmatico-syntactic conditions the subject of predication (feature) primarily licensed within the I-space can be correlatively marked at the C-level in a construction henceforth referred to as the double-subject construction. Significantly, the data to be examined highlight how the relevant facts under consideration can only be satisfactorily accommodated within a split-CP perspective, according to which the complementizer phrase is conceived of as a richly-articulated space hosting a number of diverse functional projections.

Keywords: subject of predication; double subject construction; focus; topic; hanging topic; categorical sentence; thetic sentence

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Subjects: Grammar, Syntax and Morphology

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