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Health professional Whom, the grammatically right TimeLord (or should still that be Time Lord? Or is it Timelord?) has come to save lots of our universe from the terror's of sloppy syntax and undesirable grammar. together with his intrepid assistant Lynne: hes the following to right greengrocers sign's, renowned fiction and executive memos (memoes?) sooner than erroneous and lazy conversation rips aside the very cloth of the gap time continuum. Is it any ask yourself that the increase of worldwide warming has coincided with the decline within the educating of Latin in our faculties? I do'nt imagine so. Will the health practitioner shop us all? or will his evil nemisises (nemisiss? nemisi?) The Dalek's triumph and rule over a universe the place no-one has any transparent inspiration of the proper utilization of semi-colons?

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In Spanish the Spec of the highest Infl head is the landing site for all sorts of A'-movement: wh-movement, Focus movement, and fronting of those expressions that cannot be discourse topics. In Italian, by hypothesis, Focus movement and QP fronting target Spec-Foe, in which case a topic or a subject may intervene between the phrase in Spec-Foe and inflection: (48) Italian: (49) Spanish/Catalan/Romanian: Previousl y I suggested that whenever a subject or a topic is allowed to intervene between the wh-element and inflection in Italian, the wh-element is itself focalized, sitting in Spec-Foe.

ALGO debe haberte dicho Maria para que te hayas enojado tanto. ' b. *ALGO Maria te habra dicho para que te hayas enojado tanto. (38) a. Con NADIE compartio Maria su secreto. ' b. *Con NADIE Maria compartio su secreto. Under the assumption that there is only one A'-projection to the left of inflection, namely, the Spec of the highest Infl head, the left-adjacency requirement imposed on all kinds of A'-extraction is immediately accounted for without recourse to Infl raising. As a result of the configuration in (33), topics will always precede wh-phrases, foci, or nonspecific fronted QPs in matrix, as well as embedded, clauses.

Unlike Catalan, however, Romanian allows for VSO order. It is a well-known fact that the Romance languages vary in the position of postverbal subjects relative to other arguments (see Sola 1992 and Zubizarreta 1997 for an overview). This variation is not directly relevant, however. What matters for now is to show that in Romanian, as well as in Catalan, there is a subject position to the right of the verb. In both cases, the preverbal field is divided into the position that is adjacent to the verbal string, which is an A'-position and the recursive position for topics.

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