Morpho-syntactic Variation in Romance v: A Micro-parametric Approach

Ángel J. Gallego*

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This paper discusses a series of morpho-syntactic properties of Romance languages that have the functional projection vP as its locus, showing a continuum that goes from strongly configurational Romance languages to partially configurational Romance languages. It is argued that v-related phenomena like Differential Object Marking (DOM), participial agreement, oblique clitics, auxiliary selection, and others align in a systematic way when it comes to inflectional properties that involve Case-agreement properties. In order to account for the facts, I argue for a micro-parametric approach whereby v can be associated with an additional projection subject to variation (cf. D'Alessandro, Merging Probes. A typology of person splits and person-driven differential object marking. Ms., University of Leiden, 2012; Microvariation and syntactic theory. What dialects tell us about language. Invited talk given at the workshop The Syntactic Variation of Catalan and Spanish Dialects, Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona, Barcelona, June 26-28, 2013; Ordonez, Cartography of postverbal subjects in Spanish and Catalan. In Sergio Baauw, Frank AC Drijkoningen & Manuela Pinto (eds.), Romance languages and linguistic theory 2005: Selected papers from 'Going Romance', Utrecht, 8-10 December 2005, 259-280. Amsterdam: John Benjamins, 2007). I label such projection "X,"arguing that its feature content and position varies across Romance. More generally, the present paper aims at contributing to our understanding of parametric variation of closely related languages by exploiting the intuition, embodied in the so-called Borer-Chomsky Conjecture, that linguistic variation resides in the functional inventory of the lexicon.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)401-437
Number of pages37
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 18 Nov 2020


  • agreement
  • case
  • microparameter
  • Romance
  • Spanish
  • syntax


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