The silence of heads

Richard S. Kayne

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    On the basis of considerations involving complementizers, sentence-final particles, need, aspect, tense, focus and topic, agreement morphemes, determiners, verbrelated particles and adpositions, I reach the conclusion that many more heads in the sentential projection line (and elsewhere) must be taken to be silent than is usually thought. I then argue that this state of affairs ultimately reflects the fact that every projecting head is silent.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)1-37
    Number of pages37
    JournalStudies in Chinese Linguistics
    Issue number1
    StatePublished - 2016


    • Complementizer
    • Feature
    • Sentence-final particle
    • Silence
    • Tense

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Language and Linguistics
    • Linguistics and Language


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