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76). 2sf Fatima Fatima We argue that want-type verbs, assign/value Case of the embedded subject as shown by clitic climbing in (77) where the subject of the embedded clause is assigned Accusative Case and is attached to the matrix auxiliary. 2sf "Ali will want her to go" Agreement, Pronominal Clitics and Negation 56 The copula ila cannot assign Accusative Case to the embedded subject as in (78). 2sm We argue that the structure of BE clauses, as represented in (79), involves a vP in the embedded domain (predication domain of the main verb), and a VP in the matrix domain (the auxiliary domain which does not project an independent external argument).

Examples such as ( 49) are not grammatical in QTB because only one NCI is allowed. 3s "Nobody left" (*sha) (*neg) agid3 nobody I argue that Neg agrees with (hence licenses) the NCI (its goal). In ( 49) Neg has two potential goals which yields a locality violation expressed by the Probe-Goal Locality Condition in (50): (50) PGLC A probe X cannot probe ZP over an intervening active Y or active YP that bears the same uninterpretable features as X. To salvage the problem the intermediate goal is suppressed as schematized in (51) and represented in (52) Agreement, Pronominal Clitics and Negation 34 (51) X{«} "'YP{«} ZPM 1-1 I I I (52) *[Neg ur [TP T[Agr] iddi [vP ~ [vP agid3 itkli-.

I will then follow Elouazizi's conclusion that there is no strong evidence for option (d) as a possible derivation for verb movement in Tamazight. Tamazight allows OVS order only if a resumptive pronoun co-occurs in the same clause. These are cases where the object is topicalized and presumably occupies the highest Spec position in the structure, that is, [Spec, CP]. " )li Ali OSV and SOV are not possible orders in this language. PER I will revisit this issue in more detail with regard to verb movement in Chapter 6.

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