Arguments and Agreement by Peter Ackema, Patrick Brandt, Maaike Schoorlemmer, Fred

By Peter Ackema, Patrick Brandt, Maaike Schoorlemmer, Fred Weermann

This publication explores the position of contract morphology within the morphosyntactic cognizance of a verb's arguments. It examines the diversities and parallels among configurational and nonconfigurational languages, languages that permit pronoun drop merely specifically structures, and languages which continuously require overt syntactic determiner words as arguments. those and similar matters are explored within the context of quite a lot of languages. The ebook will curiosity linguists at graduate point and above keen on morphosyntactic idea, typology, and the interactions of syntax and morphology in several languages.

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To us, it is not so clear which person is to be considered the default at the relevant dimension. g. some northern Dutch dialects). It may be that there is variation in the feature make-up used in agreement. The same point can be made with respect to the number of dimensions that must be distinguished in various languages. ) We will leave this matter open here. In this way, the microparametric and the macroparametric view are not mutually exclusive, but may actually be manifestations of a single parameter that can be set at different points in the feature hierarchy.

Thus, we must reject Chomsky’s proposal that all phrase markers are created by the binary operation MERGE. Instead, I advocate a view that is more in keeping with the proposal of Kayne (1994), Hoekstra (1991), or Speas (1990), where phrase markers are freely constructed, subject to constraints, whose effects include that phrase markers will be only binary branching. In Kayne’s work, this effect is a byproduct of the Linear Correspondence axiom, and in the work of Speas and Hoekstra it is a by-product of the fact that other relations of grammar are strictly local and bi-unique.

To us, it is not so clear which person is to be considered the default at the relevant dimension. g. some northern Dutch dialects). It may be that there is variation in the feature make-up used in agreement. The same point can be made with respect to the number of dimensions that must be distinguished in various languages. ) We will leave this matter open here. In this way, the microparametric and the macroparametric view are not mutually exclusive, but may actually be manifestations of a single parameter that can be set at different points in the feature hierarchy.

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