By Yoshiki Ogawa

Syntactically talking, it has lengthy been recognized that noun words are parallel to clauses in lots of respects. whereas so much syntactic theories include this precept, nouns have often been considered as not as good as verbs when it comes to their licensing talents, and nominal projections were considered as much less advanced than verbal projections by way of the variety of practical different types that they comprise. Ogawa, despite the fact that, argues that clauses and noun words are completely parallel. This booklet presents a unified thought of clauses and noun words, finally supporting to simplify a variety of thorny matters within the syntax/morphology interface.

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A Unified Theory of Verbal and Nominal Projections (Oxford Studies in Comparative Syntax)

Syntactically conversing, it has lengthy been identified that noun words are parallel to clauses in lots of respects. whereas so much syntactic theories contain this precept, nouns have usually been considered as not so good as verbs when it comes to their licensing talents, and nominal projections were considered as much less advanced than verbal projections by way of the variety of practical different types that they include.

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However, if a finite verb could be basegenerated in the embedded C, we would not rule out (64a) by the constraint. However, it is not implausible to assume that the base-generation of an overt V in an C°-adjoined position is a root phenomenon, because the C head in an Verb Raising and Null Complementizers 43 embedded clause must meet the selectional requirement of the selecting verb. 22 Then, the null C must adjoin to the matrix verb that raises to the matrix C, and a violation of condition (5) is inevitable.

Needless to say, some restriction must be imposed on the licensing of the structure in (4) since not all categories of all languages license it. For instance, see Ogawa (1996b) for the proposal that only semantically vacuous (functional) heads with a strong D-feature can license multiple Specs. Alternatively, it could be proposed that a functional category can license multiple Specs iff it has at least one formal feature which is interpretable. The most trivial solution could be that whether a head can or cannot license multiple Specs may be a matter of parametrization.

Then, Chomsky's system, as it stands, cannot rule out (i). See Shima (1998) for a unified solution to (8) and (i) that does not induce this problem. 5. Kayne's formulation of the LCA is partially redundant in the minimalist program since some of its consequences also follow from the conceptions of the bare phrase structure. The problematic redundancy is that the binarity of phrase structure is derived from both the bare phrase structure and the LCA. See Chomsky (1995b) for a relevant discussion.

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