Inflection and Empty Categories: Response to Safir’s Comments

  • A. Carlos Quicoli
Part of the Studies in Natural Language and Linguistic Theory book series (SNLT, volume 35)


The comments on my article by Professor Safir are balanced and fair, and contribute a great deal to our understanding of the empirical problems investigated in my article. There is, as Safir notes, a substantial number of areas in which he is in agreement with my analysis—in particular, my overall analysis according to which the inflected infinitive in Portuguese (the standard Brazilian and European dialects having a similar pattern) behaves essentially like a finite clause with respect to null subjects. In addition, Safir has contributed three independent diagnostic tests of his own which provide additional empirical support to the view that the subject of inflected infinitives is pro and never PRO, giving additional support to the view advocated in my article.


Lexical Feature Null Subject Predicate Adjective Finite Clause Empty Category 
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