Arguments and Agreement

Hardcover | October 28, 2006

byPeter Ackema, Patrick Brandt, Maaike Schoorlemmer

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This book brings together new work by leading syntactic theorists from the USA and Europe on a central aspect of syntactic and morphological theory: it explores the role of agreement morphology in the morphosyntactic realization of a verb's arguments. The authors examine the differences andparallels between nonconfigurational, pronominal- agreement languages; configurational languages which allow pronoun drop (for example, "Is coming"for "He is coming); languages that allow pronoun drop in particular constructions only; and languages which always require overt syntactic determinerphrases as arguments. The book considers whether the morphological properties of agreement play a role in determining which of these types a language belongs to and how far languages differ with respect to the argumental status of their agreement and syntactic determiner phrases. The authors explorethese and related issues and problems in the context of a wide range of languages. Their book will interest linguists at graduate level and above concerned with morphosyntactic theory, linguistic typology, and the interactions of syntax and morphology in different languages.

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This book brings together new work by leading syntactic theorists from the USA and Europe on a central aspect of syntactic and morphological theory: it explores the role of agreement morphology in the morphosyntactic realization of a verb's arguments. The authors examine the differences andparallels between nonconfigurational, pronomin...

Peter Ackema is Lecturer in Linguistics at the University of Edinburgh. He is the author of Issues in Morphosyntax (John Benjamins, 1999) and co-author with Ad Neeleman of Beyond Morphology (OUP, 2004). Patrick Brandt is Assistant Professor at the Institute of Cognitive Linguistics at the Johann Wolfgang Goethe-University. Maaike Sch...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:360 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 1.06 inPublished:October 28, 2006Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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1. The Role of Agreement in the Expression of ArgumentsPart I The Agreement - Pro Drop Connection2. Margaret Speas: Economy, Agreement, and the Representation of Null Arguments3. Olaf Koeneman: Deriving the Diference Between Full and Partial Pro Drop4. Hans Bennis: Agreement, Pro, and ImperativesPart II Microvariation i Pro Drop Languages5. Artemis Alexiadou: Uniform and Non-Uniform Aspects of Pro-Drop Languages6. Cecilia Poletto: Assymetrical Pro DropPart III Interpreting Empty Arguments7. Ingeborg van Gijn and Inge Zwitserlood: Agreement Phenomena in Sign Language of the Netherlands8. Patricia Cabredo Hofherr: "Arbitrary" Pro and the Theory of Pro DropPart IV Nonconfigurationality9. Eloise Jelinek: The Pronominal Argument Parameter10. Mark C. Baker: On Zero Agreement and Polysynthesis