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On the licensing of null subjects in Old Venetian

From the book Verb Second
Cecilia Poletto

Abstract

In this work I examine the distribution of null subjects in main and embedded declaratives and interrogatives in Old Venetian. I show that there is a clear asymmetry between declarative and interrogatives which has gone unnoticed in the literature, so that there are virtually no null subjects either in main or embedded interrogatives. I propose that this is due to a realitivized minimality effct of the wh-item interfering with the null topic in the high left periphery which binds the null subject in SpecT.

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