Morpho-syntactic interactions between V and C in Romance

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© Universitat de Barcelona. This paper discusses a series of morpho-syntactic (a)symmetries that emerge in the vP and CP levels of different Romance languages. The (a)symmetries considered indicate a P or D oriented nature for specific functional heads placed in the vP and CP domains, an idea that has been at the forefront of micro-parametric studies ever since the 80s (cf. Kayne 1984, 2000; Uriagereka 1995). The consequences of this investigation for the status of parameter theory are further considered (cf. Chomsky 1981; Baker 2001; Biberauer 2008; Kayne 2000; Picallo 2014) and the study of the lexicon, arguably the main locus of linguistic variation (cf. Halle & Marantz 1993; Hale & Keyser 1993; Starke 2014; Uriagereka 2008).
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)293-319
Issue number2015
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2015


  • Complementizers
  • Lexicon
  • Micro-parameters
  • Romance languages
  • Variation
  • Verbs


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