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Title:Discourse Effects on Subject Positions
Authors:Masayuki Wakayama
Abstract:Discourse Effects on Subject Positions

Masayuki Wakayama

The purpose of this paper is to demonstrate under
Optimality Theory that the patterns of inversion can be
explained by interactions of syntactic and discourse
constraints. I will argue for three points. First,
both syntactic and discourse conditions have an effect
on the syntactic structure. Second, inversion is not
optional but conditional. Inversion takes place only
if speakers put focus on the subject. Third, EPP and
CASE are independent constraints. Not only subjects but
many other categories can occupy [Spec, IP] and satisfy
a constraint like \'the EPP\'.
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