Agreement And Its Failures

September 12, 2014|
Agreement And Its Failures by Omer Preminger
$25.95
Paperback
Earn 130 plum® points
Buy Online
Ship to an address
Out of stock online.
Pick up in store
To see if pickup is available,
Buy In Store
Not sold in stores
Prices and offers may vary in store

about

A novel proposal regarding predicate-argument agreement that combines detailed empirical investigation with rigorous theoretical discussion.

In this book, Omer Preminger investigates how the obligatory nature of predicate-argument agreement is enforced by the grammar. Preminger argues that an empirically adequate theory of predicate-argument agreement requires recourse to an operation, whose obligatoriness is a grammatical primitive not reducible to representational properties, but whose successful culmination is not enforced by the grammar.

Preminger's argument counters contemporary approaches that find the obligatoriness of predicate-argument agreement enforced through representational means. The most prominent of these is Chomsky's "interpretability"-based proposal, in which the obligatoriness of predicate-argument agreement is enforced through derivational time bombs. Preminger presents an empirical argument against contemporary approaches that seek to derive the obligatory nature of predicate-argument agreement exclusively from derivational time bombs. He offers instead an alternative account based on the notion of obligatory operations better suited to the facts. The crucial data involves utterances that inescapably involve attempted-but-failed agreement and are nonetheless fully grammatical. Preminger combines a detailed empirical investigation of agreement phenomena in the Kichean (Mayan) languages, Zulu (Bantu), Basque, Icelandic, and French with an extensive and rigorous theoretical exploration of the far-reaching consequences of these data. The result is a novel proposal that has profound implications for the formalism that the theory of grammar uses to derive obligatory processes and properties.

Omer Preminger is Assistant Professor of Linguistics at Syracuse University.
Loading
Title:Agreement And Its Failures
Format:Paperback
Product dimensions:312 pages, 9 X 6 X 0.62 in
Shipping dimensions:312 pages, 9 X 6 X 0.62 in
Published:September 12, 2014
Publisher:The MIT Press
Language:English
Appropriate for ages:All ages
ISBN - 13:9780262526173

Look for similar items by category:

Recently Viewed
|