The goal of this paper is to determine whether finite declarative complement clauses lacking the complementizer que manifest a CP layer. Contrary to what has been previously proposed by Brovetto (2002), it is shown that complementizerless clauses cannot be analyzed as IP complements. The analysis advocated in this paper is that, just like sentences introduced by que, complementizerless clauses also present a left periphery layer, albeit with an important difference. Based on the cartographic view of the C-system (Rizzi 1997), it is argued that the particularity of complementizerless clauses is that, differently from sentences where the complementizer is overtly realized, the peripheral heads Force and Fin are projected in a syncretic way.
Selected Proceedings of the 16th Hispanic Linguistics Symposium
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