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A feature that assures subject-verb

agreement (in English +…)

On T (of course!)

1) Gets valued (upwards via Agree) from

the [sg] or [pl] feature on the subject

noun

How? Where is the subject?

2) Then values uInfl: on v via Agree (of

course)

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Some (not all!) nouns assign theta roles

Semantics:

Derived nouns similar to corresponding verb

(e.g. analyze==analysis)

Agent: Saxon genitive

▪ John’s analysis

Theme: Saxon genitive or PP

▪ The analysis of Fred...

▪ Fred’s analysis...

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Nominal Hierarchy of Projections:

D > n > N

Spec: agent of theta-assigning nouns

N moves into n

Head: [of] case feature (weak)

Complement checks, stays in situ

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Strong (optional) [gen] feature

Assures “subject” movement to spec-DP

PossP complex (not pursued)

AP modifiers: nP adjunction

Hebrew nominals

X’ account

Feature strength differs from English

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