New PDF release: Aspects of the Syntax of Agreement

By Cedric Boeckx

ISBN-10: 0203930339

ISBN-13: 9780203930335

ISBN-10: 0415962544

ISBN-13: 9780415962544

This quantity brings jointly a variety of strands of analysis concentrating on facets of the syntax of contract, and the position that contract performs in linguistic conception. The essays accrued the following convey how and why contract has emerged in recent times because the imperative theoretical build in minimalism. even though the theoretical context of the quantity is minimalist in personality, Boeckx formulates formal and significant universals within the area of agreement.

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9) Mig vantar peninga. ’ ZMT (1985: 454, (29a); 459, (42b)) (10) Henni voru gefnar bækurnar. ’ (Sigurðsson (1992: 5, (5f)) However, this is not the whole story. As the careful studies of Sigurðsson (1996) and Taraldsen (1995) have revealed, agreement with nominative objects is only partial. e. *Henni leiddust við. *leiddist þeir. ’ Taraldsen (1995: 307, (1)) Those facts are puzzling, and have given rise to an explosion of possible analyses, which I won’t attempt to review here. Suffice it to say that two main approaches can be envisaged: One is to rely on Agreement projections (for example, on split AGRPs like AGRnumber and AGRperson) (see Quirky Agreement 25 Taraldsen 1995 for an approach along these lines), and the other is to adopt Chomsky’s (1995) Attract-F hypothesis and stipulate that only certain features can raise to check agreement without triggering pied-piping.

It is interesting to note that no matter which agreement pattern is chosen, sentences involving a Quirky 3rd person element and a 1st or 2nd person nominative ‘object’ are hopelessly bad. *leiddist við. ’ Sigurðsson (1996: 28) (43) *Henni voruð sýndir/sýndar þið. ’ (44) *Henni vorum sýndir/sýndar við. ’ Sigurðsson (1996: 32) I take this as a confirmation of the view just expressed: such sentences yield a “Point-of-View” clash. The 1st and 2nd person features (borne by a nominative element) express point-of-view, which is also associated with dative (‘Quirky’) elements; if a dative nominal prevents raising of a 1st or 2nd person nominative element to the projection encoding Point-of-View, the sentence crashes.

Leiddist þeir. ’ Taraldsen (1995: 307, (1)) Those facts are puzzling, and have given rise to an explosion of possible analyses, which I won’t attempt to review here. Suffice it to say that two main approaches can be envisaged: One is to rely on Agreement projections (for example, on split AGRPs like AGRnumber and AGRperson) (see Quirky Agreement 25 Taraldsen 1995 for an approach along these lines), and the other is to adopt Chomsky’s (1995) Attract-F hypothesis and stipulate that only certain features can raise to check agreement without triggering pied-piping.

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