Number Agreement Variation in Catalan Dialects

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Abstract

© Oxford University Press, 2006. All rights reserved. This article aims to show that certain parametric properties and their interaction with Universal Grammar principles allow us to differentiate between two main varieties of Catalan dialects. It suggests that the functional category tense is the locus of the parametric variation in number agreement in certain kinds of Catalan existential sentences. The article discusses the concord phenomenon in Catalan constructions and comments on the clitic climbing phenomenon in some deontic existential constructions with an infinitive clause.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Oxford Handbook of Comparative Syntax
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 18 Sep 2012

Keywords

  • Catalan dialects
  • Clitic climbing
  • Concord phenomenon
  • Existential sentences
  • Functional category
  • Infinitive clause
  • Number agreement
  • Parametric properties
  • Tense

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