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Functional HeadsThe Cartography of Syntactic Structures, Volume 7$
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Laura Brugé, Anna Cardinaletti, Giuliana Giusti, Nicola Munaro, and Cecilia Poletto

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199746736

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199746736.001.0001

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A Note on the Spanish Left Periphery

A Note on the Spanish Left Periphery

(p.112) A Note on the Spanish Left Periphery
Functional Heads

Maria Luisa Zubizarreta

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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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