Word order, object shift and multiple specifiers

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Given Kayne's (1994) Linear Correspondence Axiom (LCA), SOV languages are classified into overt object shift languages. On the basis of this classification, this paper first proposes the following generalization: object-oriented floating quantifiers, multiple object construction, multiple subject construction, scrambling, and extraction from within subject are permitted only in overt object shift languages. Then, claiming that only Agr with a strong D-feature can license multiple specifiers, we derive this generalization from the existing conditions on movement and feature checking in a minimalist theory. Since the distinction between Agr and other functional categories is crucial and has a wide range of consequences, Chomsky's (1995) attempt to eliminate Agr should not be tenable.∗.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)63-92
Number of pages30
JournalEnglish Linguistics
Publication statusPublished - 1996

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Language and Linguistics
  • Linguistics and Language


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