08 - more pro - 9 2/13/08 - more pro What can we do about...

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2/13/08 - more pro What can we do about languages where there is no morphology to tell us about pro? e.g. Chinese ability to drop subject in presence of rich morphology. BUT in Chinese etc. no morphology at all - what licenses dropping subject? You can also drop objects. Zhangsan Kanjiam Lisi le ma? Can answer Ka Kanjiam ta le ta Kanjam ta le ... Can have same thing in embedded clause. Wo Siang (ta) kanjimi (ta) le Argument: If the object were really just a pronoun (which happens to be phonetically null) then we would expect it to be able to become referential with some noun in the matrix clause. However, this is not the case. Zhangsan i shuo [e i,j hen xihuan Lisi] [Lisi hen xihuan e i,j ] [ CP Up i [ IP Zhangsan shuo [Lisi kanjiam t i ]] Topic that ultimately the operator is associated with. Chinese: topic-oriented. Impossible for the trace to be interpreted as coreferencial with the subject of the matrix clause. by condition C The null subject under this proposal can either be a variable bound by an empty operator/hooked with a topic, or it could be a 9-1 9
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