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Linguistic Inquiry

Summer 2011, Vol. 42, No. 3, Pages 490-507
(doi: 10.1162/LING_a_00055)
© 2011 Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Adjectival Inflection and the Position of Measure Phrases
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Corver (2009) accounts for the postadjectival placement of the measure phrase in Romance by preposing the adjectival phrase over the measure phrase. I show that this movement serves to avoid violating locality when the T head tries to enter into a multiple agreement relation with the adjective as well as with the subject. I also suggest that the feature content of the potentially intervening measure phrase influences the range of parametric options.