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By Yoshiki Ogawa

Syntactically talking, it has lengthy been recognized that noun words are parallel to clauses in lots of respects. whereas such a lot syntactic theories comprise this precept, nouns have in most cases 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 when it comes to the variety of useful different types that they comprise. Ogawa, despite the fact that, argues that clauses and noun words are completely parallel. This e-book presents a unified conception of clauses and noun words, finally aiding to simplify a variety of thorny concerns within the syntax/morphology interface.

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Pyt woe sizze dat hy my sjoen hie. ' d. West Flemish (cf. Law 1991:127): Marie peinst *(da) Jan den vent gezien heet. , West Flemish): (36) a. Frisian (Law 1991:222): Hy tinkt datst do jun komst. ' b. ' c. : 129): K weten da-se zie goat weggoan. ' Since CP is head-initial in these languages, the V-to-C movement in an embedded clause must result in the placement of a finite verb in sentencemedial position: (37) a. German (van Kemenade 1987:47): Er sagte, er habe ihn gesehen. ' b. Dutch (Hulk and van Kemenade 1993:183): Hij zei hij heeft hem gisteren gezien.

This restriction is not implausible, either, since a similar constraint is found elsewhere in the grammar. Consider the following contrast in English: (65) a. Which book did you read (*it)? b. Which book did you meet the man who wrote *(it)? In (65a) the wh-phrase which book can be moved to [Spec, C], and in such a case it is impossible to base-generate it in [Spec, C] and use the resumptive pronoun strategy. On the other hand, the strategy must be used when movement is unavailable as in (65b), where there intervenes a Complex NP between the sentence-initial wh-phrase and the position at which it is interpreted.

14 Since Portuguese manifests the same 30 A Unified Theory of Verbal and Nominal Projections word order pattern as the Italian example (27a), it should be another obligatory overt verb raising language. (28) is taken from Nash and Rouveret (1997:291): (28) Rui (*vivamente) agarrou (vivamente) o braco do irmao. ' Consider next the following facts in Spanish, taken from Zagona (1988:176): (29) a. Ha leido Marta ese capitulo? ' b. *Ha Marta leido ese capitulo? 15 Since Romanian manifests the same word order pattern as the Spanish example (29a) (that is, Aux-V-Subj-Obj), we can conclude that the languages is also an obligatory overt verb raising language: (30) inainte de a-i fi trimis mama cartea,...

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