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Labeling (Reduced) Structures: When VPs Are Sentences

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Carlo Cecchetto
Caterina Donati
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In this article, we analyze five reduced structures in Italian that display morphological agreement between their past participle and their internal argument. Three of the five structures have full illocutionary force despite lacking the middle field and the left periphery. We explain this fact (and the differences with the two remaining participial structures) by extending to object agreement cases Chomsky’s (2019) hypothesis that clauses are exocentric but can be labeled by a mechanism of feature sharing. This goes against the hypothesis that all reduced structures interpreted as clauses must be elliptical.
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hal-03907999 , version 1 (20-12-2022)

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Carlo Cecchetto, Caterina Donati. Labeling (Reduced) Structures: When VPs Are Sentences. Linguistic Inquiry, 2022, pp.1-37. ⟨10.1162/ling_a_00460⟩. ⟨hal-03907999⟩
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