This paper explores feature inheritance proposed in recent Minimalist theory and considers its logical consequences for subject movement. It is argued that Value-Transfer Simultaneity implies that feature inheritance can be suspended in the root phase, and it is shown that the argument is empirically endorsed by examples from a number of languages. The paper then elaborates lack of feature inheritance, contending that it does not follow from full-phase Transfer but head movement. It is demonstrated that whether feature inheritance takes place or not can naturally be predicted by independently motivated assumptions. This paper also discusses head movement, and argues that it is a natural consequence of free Merge.
Proceedings of the 31st West Coast Conference on Formal Linguistics
edited by Robert E. Santana-LaBarge
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