By Peter Svenonius
This selection of formerly unpublished articles examines Noam Chomsky's prolonged Projection precept and its dating to topics and expletives (works like "it" that stand for different words). Re-examining Chomsky's proposition that every clause should have a topic, those articles characterize the present nation of the controversy, rather with appreciate to the theory's common applicability throughout languages. proposing a global and hugely revered workforce of participants, the amount explores those questions in quite a few languages, together with Italian, Finnish, Icelandic, and Hungarian.
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B. (2) a. Pad hefur verid einhver kottur i eldhusinu. EXPL has been some cat in kitchen, the Pad hefur einhver kottur verid i eldhusinu. Both: There has been some cat in the kitchen' Det bar vore ein katt pa kj0kenet. EXPL has been a cat on kitchen, the 'There has been a cat in the kitchen' b. * Det har ein katt vore pa kj0kenet.
In French, but not in Vallader, the number feature of D 40 SUBJECTS, EXPLETIVES, AND THE EPP must pied-pipe the DP. Needless to say, more research on feature architecture is needed to give this proposal more substance. Notes This material has been presented in talks at NELS 27 (McGill University) and the University of Venice as well as at the Colloquium on the EPP and Expletives at the University of Troms0. I am grateful to the respective audiences for questions and comments. I am particularly indebted to Anders Holmberg and Peter Svenonius for their comments on a preliminary drafts.