988 LANGUAGe , v OLUMe 94, NUMBe R 4 (2018) Agreement beyond phi. By Shigeru Miyagawa. (Linguistic inquiry monograph 75.) Cambridge, MA: MiT Press, 2017. Pp. 223. is BN 9780262035880. $35. Reviewed by Elena Anagnostopoulou, University of Crete in this monograph, s higeru Miyagawa expands, sharpens, and further substantiates the theory of clausal operations argued for in his 2010 monograph Why agree? Why move? Unifying agree- ment-based and discourse-configurational languages, exploring its consequences in many new domains of syntax and the syntax-discourse interface. Based on Chomsky’s (2001) uniformity principle, Miyagawa 2010 argued that movement operations across languages are governed by strong uniformity, which dictates that the same set of grammatical features occurs and is overtly manifested in all languages. The current monograph defends a version of strong unifor- mity, according to which phi-features (φ-features) and discourse-configurational features (δ-fea- tures) all start out on the phase head C and may or may not be inherited by T as a parametric option (cf. Chomsky 2005, 2007). The different combinatorial possibilities lead to four basic types of languages, depending on where the different sets of grammatical features are hosted: (i) φ-feature on C, δ-feature on T (Japanese); (ii) δ-feature on C, φ-feature
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