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On the status of functional categories (heads and phrases)

By Guglielmo Cinque


In this article I would like to revisit one aspect of the structure of the functional sequence of the clause in light of certain recent developments, in particular Kayne’s (2016) proposal that all heads are necessarily silent. I will also discuss the possibility that (certain) silent heads may be endowed with single features that denote complex notions taking progressive aspect as a case in point

Topics: functional categories, functional heads, phrases, progressive aspect, Settore L-LIN/01 - Glottologia e Linguistica
Publisher: 'John Benjamins Publishing Company'
Year: 2017
DOI identifier: 10.1075/lali.18.4.01cin
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