The Head-Parameter and the Null-Subject Parameter Revisited.

Student thesis: Final degree project (TFG)


This paper takes into consideration two parameters from Principles and Parameters (P&P), the Null-Subject parameter or pro-drop paramter and the Head Parameter, and revisits them. It contains the traditional and modern version of both and seeks to unveil if the existance of these parameters is necessary. The methodology consists in reviewing literature from Kayne (1994), who positioned himself against the need of the Head Parameter. It is argued that the Null-Subject parameter, following the criticism of the Head Parameter, might not be viable as a paramter, alongside the possibility of parameters having a ternary switch.
Date of Award2022
Original languageEnglish
Awarding Institution
  • Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB)
SupervisorSusagna Tubau Muntaña (Director)

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