SYNTAX: pronoun without phonetic properties. An empty category, specified as [+pronominal,-anaphoric] by the binding theory. Pro can be a subject in pro-drop languages, such as Italian. EXAMPLE: pro in (i)b (which only exists in underlying structure) is interpreted as the subject.
(i) a Piero conosce bene Maria Piero knows Maria well b pro Conosce bene Maria He knows Maria wellPro must be licensed. A pro subject is licensed by (morphological) agreement features. It is claimed that pro may occur in object positions in Italian.
|LIT.||Chomsky, N. (1982)|
Chomsky, N. (1981)
Rizzi, L. (1986)