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Proper government is a type of government. A category is properly governed if it is governed by a proper governor. Categories that are usually considered proper governors for a category alpha, are categories that are coindexed with alpha (see antecedent government) and heads (in some models theta-assigning heads (theta government), in others lexical heads (head government)). Proper government is the key notion in the formulation of the Empty Category Principle.
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