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Linguistic Inquiry

Summer 2013, Vol. 44, No. 3, Pages 345-389
(doi: 10.1162/LING_a_00132)
© 2013 Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Phase-Edge Features and the Syntax of Polarity Particles
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In this article, I argue that the phase edge in the C field shares features via Agree with an intermediate layer (FinP) and with a lower projection (ΣP), allowing it to determine the type of clause and its polarity. I adopt a feature-sharing relation of Agree that connects all of the polarity features present on heads (be they Σ, Fin, and, in some cases, VFoc) to a polarity feature in Force, the relevant phase-edge position for clausal typing. This explains, among other things, why embedded clauses containing a polarity feature can only satisfy the selectional properties of a particular class of (matrix) verbs.