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Agreement and DP‐Internal Feature Distribution

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Abstract.  An implicit assumption in most minimalist work is that DP as a whole carries all the φ‐features with which external heads agree. In this paper I argue that under this assumption and the assumption that only a node that is φ‐complete can delete the φ‐features of a node with which it agrees, Chomsky's (2000, 2001) model of feature valuation is incompatible with a large body of work on the DP‐internal distribution of φ‐features, according to which neither N nor D enter the derivation being φ‐complete. I consider several possible solutions and argue that this problem can most easily be avoided by adopting a feature‐sharing model of the operation Agree, as proposed by Frampton & Gutmann (2006) and Pesetsky & Torrego (2007). Finally, several implications for Chomsky's theory of abstract Case are also discussed.
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Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Gabi Danon Bar-Ilan University Department of English Ramat-Gan 52900 Israel

Publication date: December 1, 2011

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