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A quick look at the examples in (1) is sufficient to see that (i) adjectives are targets rather than controllers of agreement for both Number and Gender and (ii) nouns are the controllers of Gender: the value of the Gender feature of adjectives (and determiners) depends on the gender class of the noun and (iii) the value of the Number of adjectives depends on the referential properties of the entity referred to by the overall DP. It is however not clear whether it is the noun or the determiner that controls Number agreement, an issue that will be examined below.

Pro-form in which the D together with the empty N form a ‘fused head’. Here, we will assume that the difference between simple and augmented D’s is not structural (all of them sit under D and take a null N as a sister), but merely due to phonological constraints. For arguments in favor of this analysis, see Chapter 3 §3. g. in the direct object and postverbal subject positions. For these positions, the absence of determiner depends on the Number feature, being restricted to plural and non-count nouns.

Atomic entities do not satisfy cumulativity: if John is a man and Bill is a man, it is not true that John and Bill is a man. e. without a determiner, in certain argument positions, in which count singulars must have a determiner (see Chapter 2 on those – much more limited – contexts in which singular count nouns are themselves allowed to lack a determiner): (10) a. Taie brânză / morcovi. cuts cheese carrots b. Taie *(un) copac. cuts a tree This distributional observation can be formulated as an observation regarding the internal structure of DPs and more specifically the type of Det: cumulative expressions (plurals and mass nouns) allow null D’s, which – in unmarked cases – are disallowed by singular count nouns; if we do not want to assume (null) Ds, we could say that cumulative nominals occurring in argument positions allow D to be absent.

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