Due to issues with macroparameters, much work has turned to identifying microparameters (generally feature specifications in the Lexicon). This line of research often focuses on the comparison of dialects or comparison among the varieties of closely related language families. Baker ( 2008) questions the sufficiency of focusing on such microparametric syntax. This paper shows that even within the varieties of a single language family (Chinese), the reliance on lexical feature specifications (microparameter) could miss opportunities for discovering more fundamental and principled factors underlying cross-linguistic differences. Indeed, some of such differences analyzed in terms of microparameters should be re-considered from the prosodic perspective. Our focus will be on a number of microparameters proposed by Huang ( 2014) as converging to an analyticity vs. syntheticity macroparameter, building on differences among diachronic and synchronic varieties in the Chinese language family. This paper shows that the relevant empirical claims are not confirmed when a broader range of data is investigated. Importantly, the analyses proposed in terms of microparameters mask more adequate accounts for the differences, with prosodic variation playing a role.