Although adjectival secondary predicates are pervasive in human languages, few theories are currently able to provide comprehensive accounts of their syntax that can also derive their major properties. Three such characteristics, extremely problematic but also crucial to a conceptual im plementation of a minimalist design of human language are investigated in detail in this thesis. These are: i) restructuring configurations; ii) lack-of-reconstruction effects and iii) long-distance agreement patterns. It is shown that an enriched complex predicate analysis provides an adequate account of the nature of secondary predicates. The ingredients of the analysis are as follows: a) secondary predicates are introduced by a functional projection which specifies their relation to the main predicate; b) the shared argument is introduced by a functional projection called Situation and which provides the restricted spatio-temporal context under which the two predicates hold, as well as the evidential component necessary for the construction of main verbs which merge with non-clausal secondary predicates; c) a process of Simultaneous Multiple Agree is responsible for checking the uninterpetable phi-features of the two predicates, providing the con- ditions for restructuring; d) Case on secondary predicates is valued either by the secondary pre- dicate introducer, or copied from the shared argument. A complex predicate analysis is able to further derive oher conditions on depictive and resultative secondary predicate licensing, among which are the predicate-argument relation, as well as the predicate-predicate relation. Moreover, it is also shown that well-known cross-linguistic variation in the domain of resultatives can be attributed to the selection specific languages make with respect to the various secondary predicate introducers. Regarding theoretical implementations in the domain of Case and agreement investigations, it is demonstrated that a sequential Agree approach to long-distance-Agreement patterns is untenable in its strictest form.
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