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By Gisbert Fanselow

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During this quantity the topic of parametrization is addressed from numerous, even though interrelated views, starting from learnability, the shape and nature of parametrization, the position of the interface among morphology and syntax and the parameters of X-bar syntax, to the lexical parametrization hypothesis.

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The question remains, however, whether the Subset Principle has any adequate status with respect to learnability. First, the Lexical Parametrization hypothesis gives priority to lexical learning in determining parametric values. A consequence of this assumption is the hypothesis that all variation takes place in the lexicon. If, however, lexical knowledge is the part of linguistic knowledge which cannot be deduced by options within UG, how can it be the basis for knowledge yet to be acquired? The same problem arises in the determination of empty categories such as pro.

E. coindexed with a c-commanding argument. Given the "defective" (morphological) character of sig, I assume that the missing part is the one which determines the grammatical content of anaphors which has to match the thematic referentiality provided by binding processes. At this point, visibility plays an important role. In order to qualify as a proper antecedent for the anaphor, Agr-features must be thematically and syntactically compatible with the anaphor. In the case of subjunctives, the subject of a higher indicative clause qualifies because the indicative Agr is compatible with the Agr of the subjunctive in which the anaphor is contained, this compatibility being achieved by functional selection.

McGill Working Papers in Linguistics 4. Wexler, K. & P. Culicover. 1980. Formal Principles of Language Acquisition. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press. Wexler, K. & M. R. Manzini. 1987. " Roeper & Williams 1987: 41-76. Williams, E. 1987. " Roeper & Williams 1987: vii-xix. PROJECTING INFLECTED VERBS* Eric Reuland & Wim Kosmeijer 1. Introduction This article addresses the relation between syntactic representations (at Sstructure and D-structure) and morphological representations in "PF". The investigation focusses on properties of inflected verbs.

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