A Note on the Spanish Left Periphery

Maria Luisa Zubizarreta

in Functional Heads

Published in print June 2012 | ISBN: 9780199746736
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199949519 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Studies in Comparative Syntax

A Note on the Spanish Left Periphery

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This chapter investigates the area between CP and IP. It proposes to dissociate Nominative case from Phi features and introduces a new functional projection (i.e., PhiP). This projection, which is located in the left-most edge of the I-domain (immediately above TP and right below the Pol projection), hosts the Subject of Predication in its Specifier. The head position of PhiP is where V moves in languages with a rich verbal inflectional agreement, and where the EPP feature is merged. This analysis means that, among other phenomena, the VSO order in Modern Spanish and the subject-inversion phenomenon in Spanish and Italian interrogatives can be described formally in this chapter.

Keywords: Phi features; functional projection; Subject of Predication; Specifier; Spanish; Italian; VSO order; interrogatives

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Subjects: Grammar, Syntax and Morphology

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