Features, Categories, and the Syntax of A-Positions investigates various
aspects of the distribution of nominal arguments, and in particular the
cross -linguistic variation that can be found among the
Germanic languages in this domain of the syntax. The empirical topics that
are discussed include variable vs. fixed argument order, the distribution
of subjects with respect to adjuncts, expletive constructions, and oblique
subjecthood. These and many other phenomena are analyzed within a
theoretical framework which is based on the Minimalist Program. The book
argues that the traditional theoretical devices accounting for the
distribution of arguments in generative syntax (abstract Case, the Extended
Projection Principle) should be eliminated from the grammar and that their
apparent effects can be derived from the feature specifications of
syntactic categories. Furthermore, it is shown that several aspects of the
cross-linguistic variation found in the syntax of arguments can be related
to variation in the domain of inflectional morphology.
2. Features, Categories and Checking, Towards Deriving the EPP and Abstract
3. Syntactic Effects of Morphological Case.
4. Subjecthood and Agreement.
5. On Expletives.
6. Oblique Case and Subjecthood. Or: Why Icelandic is Different.
7. Conclusion. References. Language Index. Name Index. Subject Index.