Concluding Remarks

  • Cecilia Goria
Part of the Studies in Natural Language and Linguistic Theory book series (SNLT, volume 60)


The aim of this concluding chapter is to present a summary of this work, to evaluate the advantages and disadvantages of my proposal, and to highlight those aspects of my investigation that deserve further research both at the empirical and theoretical level.


Syntactic Property True Imperative Agreement Feature Alignment Constraint Morphological Constraint 
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    Pseudo-relatives are anything but straightforward if one attempts to position them along Vincent’s scale. In fact, on the basis of their morphology specification they occupy the indicative position at the top of Vincent’s scale. However, if the mood scale corresponds to different degrees of Finiteness and if Barron is correct is regarding pseudo-relatives as non-finite, the position of these forms at the top of the scale becomes problematic.Google Scholar
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    An anonimous reviewer has pointed out that in Romance, imperatives are not used only to convey commands. While this weakens the one-to-one relation proposed by Fava (1993) between the unique morphology of imperatives and the act of command, it does not affect the overall argument presented here. More precisely, the observation that it seems natural to consider imperatives as carrying a morphological specification for mood, contra Zanuttini’s claim, is still valid. 3 I thank an anonymous reviewers for pointing out to me this property of non-finites.Google Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Cecilia Goria
    • 1
  1. 1.University of NottinghamUK

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