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What is "Argument Visibility" and “INFL“ in Case Theory?

I didn't know much about case theory. Can anyone help me explain the meaning of "argument visibility" in a way that is easy to understand? What's more, does the "INFL" mean "...
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How and what theta criterion should i use and how should I use the Projection principle in these sentences? [closed]

John hopes to win. So far, I've understood that since to win is an infinitive clause, we cannot give any theta role, but I'm confused with the projection principle of it. Can I say that there are two ...
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A quick question on binding theory

I'm reading Syntactic Analysis by Nicholas Sobin, which has a concise chapter on binding theory. The Wikipedia article on the matter is similarly concise, which is fine, as I do not want to go down a ...
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how does government binding theory account for verbs taking bare form in a subjunctives

In "he demanded that you be silent" How does the gb theory accounts for the bare form of the verb "be" ?
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definition of c-command and government

Both definitions are from Syntax; A generative introduction (4th edit.) c-command: Node A c-commands node B if every 'branching' node dominating A also dominates B, and neither A nor B dominate the ...
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What is the relationship between 'Government and Binding Theory', 'Principles and Parameters', and 'Minimalism?

As I understand it, P&P and Minimalism are "programs", which are like different ways of thinking about syntax. G&B is the generative grammar that is based on P&P. (I think that's all ...
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Problem with [NOMINATIVE] Case in GB & Phase Theory (MP)

Most of works on case theory in generative syntax GB (Vergnaud, 1985; Chomsky, 1981, 1986, among others) and in MP (Chomsky, 1995, et seq; Gallego, 2010; Hornstein, 2011, among others) assume the ...
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Which is the most accepted case theory from a generative syntax perspective?

I've read about different theories but now I'm kind of confused between the different theories and the differences between structural case, non-structural, lexical/morphological case, inherent case, ...
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Why is there no D-structure or S-structure within Minimalism

Government and Binding introduces D-structure and S-structure as two distinct levels of representation, however, this changed within the Minimalist Program. Could someone explain or point me in the ...
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Isn't postulating Spell-Out resurrecting the old notion of Surface Structure?

The key distinction, where Spell-Out is a point in the derivation rather than a true level of representation is still rather obscure to me. Can you explain why Spell-Out is something different, ...
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Unaccusative verbs, EPP and Case Filter

I'm studying Government and Binding Theory and have a question about unaccusative verbs. As I understood, Unaccusative verbs (1) cannot assign Accusative Case and (2) lack external argument, i.e. ...
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if vs. whether (complementizer)

I'm studying syntax with 'Introduction to government and binding theory' by Haegeman by myself and I encountered something I don't understand. According to PRO theorem, PRO must be ungoverned. And ...
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