ON DERIVING ARGUMENT EXTERNALIZATION CONDITION
Hsiao-hung Iris Wu
This article investigates the placement restrictions on the number of arguments inside the verbal domain. The empirical basis consists of subject inversion cases where overt subject or object movement is not required for EPP-related reasons. Specifically, we look at a variety of inversion constructions where either the subject or the object with uninterpretable Case features must vacate the vP. I will show that the necessity of such argument externalization is a natural consequence of the Phase Impenetrability Condition (Chomsky 2000, 2001).
Key words: argument externalization, transitivity constraint, inversion, EPP, Case, Phase Impenetrability Condition