Subject Predication within IP and DP

  • Mamoru Saito
  • Keiko Murasugi
Part of the Studies in Natural Language and Linguistic Theory book series (SNLT, volume 45)


According to the VP-internal subject hypothesis, proposed by Fukui and Speas (1986), Kuroda (1988), Koopman and Sportiche (1985), and Kitagawa (1986), among others, the subject of a finite sentence is generated within VP and is raised to the IP Spec position at S-structure to have its Case checked. Fukui and Speas (1986), Abney (1986), and Kuroda (1988) propose a parallel analysis for the subject of NP: it is generated within NP and is moved to DP Spec. The S-structures of (1a-b), then, are as in (2a-b), respectively.1


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Mamoru Saito
    • 1
  • Keiko Murasugi
    • 1
  1. 1.Nanzan UniversityJapan

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