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L either does or doesn’t allow any finite verb to have a null subject. g. no language in which it is OK to say Drinks wine (meaning ‘He/she drinks wine’) but not OK to say Eats pasta (meaning ‘He/she eats pasta’). The range of grammatical variation found across languages appears to be strictly limited to just two possibilities – languages either do or don’t systematically allow finite verbs to have null subjects. A more familiar aspect of grammar which appears to be parametrised relates to word order, in that different types of language have different word orders in specific types of construction.

One is an auxiliary inversion operation by which the past tense auxiliary had is moved in front of its subject he. The other is a wh-movement operation by which the wh-word who is moved to the front of the overall sentence, and positioned in front of had. (A wh-word is a question word like who/what/where/when etc. ) A closer look at questions like (19) provides evidence that there are UG principles which constrain the way in which movement operations may apply. An interesting property of the questions in (18b, 19) is that they contain two auxiliaries (had and would) and two wh-words (who and what).

Manzini and Wexler 1987). For discussion of a wide range of parametric variation between languages, see Cinque and Kayne (2005). For a critique of the idea that cross-linguistic variation is reducible to a small number of structural parameters, see Culicover and Nowak (2003), Newmeyer (2004, 2006) and Abeill´e and Borsley (2006): for a defence of parameters, see Roberts and Holmberg (2006). 7 that parameters are correctly set by children at a very early stage in their development, see Wexler (1998).

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