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Title: First Notes on Greek Subjects
Paper URL: http://www.rdg.ac.uk/AcaDepts/cl/slals/workingpapers/kotzoglou.pdf
Author: George Kotzoglou
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Homepage: http://www.kotzoglou.gr
Institution: University of the Aegean
Linguistic Field: Syntax
Subject Language: Greek, Modern
Abstract: In this work I provide a brief review of two major theoretical analyses concerning the status and the position of subjects in Modern Greek, and propose an alternative account of the relevant phenomena, an account consistent with the recent theoretical advances in the Minimalist Program (Chomsky 2000a, 2001). In my discussion, I follow mainly Philippaki-Warburton & Spyropoulos's leading assumptions and observations on the phenomena under investigation as formulated in their 'Discontinuous Subject Hypothesis', but I also depart from their analysis in that I question the necessity of the existence of a covert subject clitic in [Spec, TP]. After examining their arguments for this clitic, I conclude that the 'real' subject in Greek might just be the in-situ element found in [Spec, vP], either a pro or an overt postverbal DP/(NP), and I claim that the [Spec, TP] position might not be projected at all. The prohibition against the existence of overt (and, if my proposal is on the right track, also: covert) material in [Spec, TP] as well as the unavailability of A-movement in Greek might lead us to the conclusion that the EPP is not applicable in Greek. This hint to a weak/parameterized EPP certainly needs more refinement and crosslinguistic evidence in order to be accepted.
Type: Individual Paper
Status: Completed
Venue: Reading Working Papers in Linguistics 5
URL: http://www.rdg.ac.uk/AcaDepts/cl/slals/workingpapers/kotzoglou.pdf


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