Phi-features and the Modular Architecture of Language

  • Milan Rezac

Part of the Studies in Natural Language and Linguistic Theory book series (SNLT, volume 81)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Milan Rezac
    Pages 1-24
  3. Milan Rezac
    Pages 65-92
  4. Milan Rezac
    Pages 93-175
  5. Milan Rezac
    Pages 177-277
  6. Milan Rezac
    Pages 279-315
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 317-326

About this book


This monograph investigates the modular architecture of language through the nature of "uninterpretable" phi-features: person, number, gender, and Case. It provides new tools and evidence for the modular architecture of the human language faculty, a foundational topic of linguistic research. At the same time it develops a new theory for one of the core issues posed by the Minimalist Program: the relationship of syntax to its interfaces and the nature of uninterpretable features. The work sets out to establish a new cross-linguistic phenomenon to study the foregoing, person-governed last-resort repairs, which provides new insights into the nature of ergative/accusative Case and of Case licensing itself. This is the first monograph that explicitly addresses the syntactic vs. morphological status of uninterpretable phi-features and their relationship to interface systems in a similar way, drawing on person-based interactions among arguments as key data-base.


Case Cross-linguistic Minimalist program Modular architecture Modularity Morphology Person hierachies Phi-features Repair strategies

Authors and affiliations

  • Milan Rezac
    • 1
  1. 1.Université de Paris 8, UMR 7023Saint Denis CedexFrance

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