Patterns of syntactic agreement with embedded NPs

Paolo Lorusso, Ludovico Franco

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In this paper we analyze the different patterns of agreement found cross-linguistically with complex NPs involving an approximate numeral/quantifiers and a preposition, which selects an embedded NP. Verbal agreement can target either the numeral item/quantifier or the embedded NP. Languages differ on whether they allow agreement just with the quantifier (French, Barese), with the embedded NP (Occitan, Sardinian) or they show optional agreement with both quantifier and the embedded NP (Italian, Spanish). We will propose a syntactic account for such variation: it is linked to whether the PP that introduces the embedded NP is a phase or not. The configuration of the θ greed and the markedness of the ϕ features, then, are also involved into the present syntactic account.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)39-56
Number of pages18
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2017


  • Agreement
  • Embedded NPs
  • Phase boundary
  • Romance
  • ϕ features


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