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Subjects move overtly in English because the T head has a strong "D/EPP" feature that attracts a subject whereas AgrO has a weak D-feature therefore the object does not move until LF (in Chomsky 1995). However, Chomsky (1995, chapter 4) dispenseswithAgr projections entirely and argues that subject agreement is a property ofT0• Chomsky writes: Functional categories have a central place in the conception of language we are investigating, primarily because of their presumed role in feature checking, which is what drives Attract/Move.

1987, 1995, and Boukhris 1998 for Tamazight). Building on this work, I will discuss the most important aspects of the clause structure of Tamazight Berber. I will start with word order and discuss the types of orders the language allows and the possible analyses proposed for the derivation of these word orders especially the placement of the verb, and then I will discuss Aspect and Tense in this language. Next, I will discuss the agreement system and the structural positions of tense, aspect, negation, and complementizers in Tamazight.

Want-type verbs have been described in the generative literature as Exceptional Case Markers (ECM) in that they assign Accusative Case to the embedded subject. This property is also found in Tamazight as shown in (38) where the embedded pronominal subject is an accusative eli tic. 2s "I want you to go" This property makes ao appear like an infinitival marker except of course the verb is inflected for agreement. 48 Agreement, Pronominal Clitics and Negation The particle la is a progressive present tense and a habitual present tense marker in Tamazight.

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