Remarks on features

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Abstract

This paper pursues the idea that uninterpretable features are not present in syntax, but are instead a product of the interfaces. In particular, it argues that formal feature values belong to PF only, i.e., that they are not syntactic objects but PF ‘translations’ of more abstract syntactic structures and correlations. It follows that case is nonexistent in syntax and it also follows that agreement is a PF copying process, differing radically from abstract, syntactic Agree. Accordingly, much of the work of traditional syntax happens in PF and is thus invisible to the semantic interface, SF, that is, the computation proceeds on the PF side after transfer.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationExplorations of phase theory
EditorsKleanthes Grohman
PublisherMouton de Gruyter
Pages21-52
Volume18
ISBN (Print)978-3-11-021396-6
Publication statusPublished - 2009

Publication series

Name
Volume18
ISSN (Print)1861-4167

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The record was previously connected to the following departments: Swedish (015011001)

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  • Languages and Literature

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