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Linguistic Inquiry

Summer 2012, Vol. 43, No. 3, Pages 441-454
(doi: 10.1162/LING_a_00096)
© 2012 Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Complementizer Agreement and the Relation between C0 and T0
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Several proposals suggest a Φ-feature dependency between C0 and T0 (see, e.g., Zwart 1993, Chomsky 2008). In most (if not all) of these proposals, the core piece of empirical evidence is complementizer agreement (CA). On the basis of two sets of CA data, CA with coordinated subjects and CA with external possessors, we conclude that there is no Φ-feature dependency between C0 and T0; instead, C0 and T0 must each be endowed with a discrete set of Φ-features.