Subject chains in Greek and PF processing


Spyropoulos, Vassilios, and Anthi Revithiadou. 2009. Subject chains in Greek and PF processing. In MIT Working Papers in Linguistics 57: Proceedings of the 2007 Workshop in Greek Syntax and Semantics at MIT, 293-309. Cambridge, MA: MIT Working Papers in Linguistics.


In this paper, we challenge the left-dislocation analysis of preverbal subjects in Greek on the basis of interpretative, syntactic and prosodic evidence. We propose that the derivation of subjects in Greek involves a movement operation which targets an EPP Spec,TP position. This movement operation creates a sequence of copies, the pronunciation and interpretation of which hinges on certain PF and LF requirements. Crucially, the linearization of this sequence of copies on the basis of independently existent PF principles derives the surface distribution of Greek subjects and accounts for its possible patterns of variation.