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Deriving Case, Agreement And Voice Phenomena In Syntax, Einar Freyr Sigurdsson Jan 2017

Deriving Case, Agreement And Voice Phenomena In Syntax, Einar Freyr Sigurdsson

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This dissertation places case, agreement and Voice phenomena in syntax. It argues that the derivation is driven by so-called derivational features, that is, structure-building features (Merge) and probe features (Agree) (Heck and M�ller 2007 and M�ller 2010; see also Chomsky 2000, 2001). Both types are essential in deriving case and agreement in the clausal domain and DP-internally. Feature values assigned by Merge take effect immediately whereas feature values assigned via Agree take effect at Spell-Out. This has the effect that Merge can overwrite Agree relations.

I argue for a clear boundary between the syntactic and the morphological component ...