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Minimalist Syntax - Clausal Subjects
« on: June 13, 2018, 05:53:19 AM »
What is the analysis of sentences with clausal subjects in the MP with regard to movement of a clausal subject to SpecTP (if that’s even where clausal subjects go)?

It is obvious that he is a guy - That he is a guy is obvious
It kills me to see you go - To see you go kills me

Is the clause attracted by an EPP feature on T? I’m not sure about this because, for all I know, an EPP feature only targets DPs. The simplest solution would be to say that clauses have an EPP feature as well. Then again, there are people who say that clausal subjects move to CP.

I’d say the clause moves to SpecTP because if it moved to CP, the expletive would still be the subject. That’s because the clause wouldn’t land in the intermediate TP (constituting an ungrammatical mixed A-A’ chain), so the EPP feature on T would still remain unchecked, enabling the merge of an expletive due to the absence of an actual subject.

Does anyone know of any MP/late P&P literature on clausal subjects.