By B M Kirkaldy-Willis, W.H. Gecaga
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In a sentence like Si vendono delle macchine (‘Some cars are on sale/Cars are being sold’), the object le macchine can only be third person. In chapter 3, it will be shown how the person feature of impersonal si is responsible for this restriction. Si is therefore assumed to bear a person feature. The question, then, is which person is it? One can state with an acceptable degree of certainty that si is not 1st or 2nd person, because 1st or 2nd inflection never shows up on the verb when impersonal si is present.
The answer to this question requires an accurate consideration of the facts. As stated above, the assumption underlying the present feature-system is that when a valued attribute is present on one element of a class, all elements hold bear attribute. Let us consider Gianni in (38). We see that the category of nouns it belongs to does not have any value for person. There is no 2nd person Syntactic and semantic agreement 25 noun, or no 1st person noun. The 1st and 2nd values are, however, visible on pronouns.
There are in fact only 2 speakers who judge this sentence as completely grammatical. (14) has been judged as perfectly grammatical only by one speaker, and slightly ungrammatical by 2 speakers. The rest of the group considers the sentence very strange or ungrammatical. Interestingly, the elimination of the definite article in (15) turns the ungrammatical sentence in (14) into a fully acceptable one: the judgments here are quite neat. The sentence is ungrammatical for 1 speaker, and fully acceptable for the rest of the group.