Željko Bošković

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The article argues that the EPP should be eliminated. It is shown that in a number of constructions the EPP does not hold at all. Where it does appear to hold, its effects follow from independent mechanisms of the grammar. EPP effects concerning the final landing site of A-movement follow from Case theory. Intermediate [Spec,IP]s are filled as a result of(More)
The paper considers several accounts of crosslinguistic variation regarding left branch extraction (LBE), focusing on adjectival LBE, and explores consequences of a proper analysis of LBE for the internal structure of NP. Two lines of research are pursued, both of which are based on the claim that languages that allow adjectival LBE do not have DP. One is(More)
The focus of the paper is a proposal advanced by Grodzinsky (1984, 1986, 1990) concerning a possible syntactic deficit in agrammatism with respect to nonlexical categories. Eight native speakers of Serbo-Croatian, who presented a clinical picture of Broca's aphasia with agrammatism, were tested. Subjects' sensitivity to traces and their knowledge of the(More)
In Bošković (2008a) I argue that there is a fundamental structural difference in the traditional Noun Phrase (TNP) of English and article-less languages like SC, which can be captured if DP is not even present in the TNPs in (2) (see also Fukui 1988, Corver 1992, Zlatić 1997, Chierchia 1998, Cheng and Sybesma 1999, Lyons 1999, Willim 2000, Baker 2003, among(More)
Improper movement phenomena provide us with an interesting puzzle regarding learnability: why is it that A-to-A, A'-to-A' and A-to-A' movement are allowed, yet A'-to-A movement is by hypothesis excluded? How do children “learn” this exception? The question: "What is the nature of the mechanism or constraint responsible for the prohibition?" has been a(More)
In (1a), an infinitival wh-clause is embedded under an existential verb; in (1b), a subjunctive wh-clause is the complement of a possessive.1 The common meaning of the matrix predicates is the assertion of existence; this meaning is typically expressed by either be or have. Predicates that assert true possession, e.g. owe, are prohibited; similarly(More)
We provide a semantic account of the free ordering of NP-internal elements in Chinese and argue that this provides evidence for the lack of DP in Chinese. We also extend this account to the Mandarin plural marker –men, tying the definiteness of –men phrases and its number/definiteness interaction to the classifier status of –men and the lack of DP in(More)