Case and Agreement in Abaza, Issue 138
Abaza, a little-documented Northwest Caucasian language, exhibits an extensive agreement system. This book, the result of field work carried out by Brian O'Herin, is both descriptive and analytical.As a descriptive work, it provides thorough coverage of a significant subsystem of Abaza grammar---the agreement system. Abaza exhibits morphological agreement between a noun and its possessor, between a postposition and its object, and between a verb and virtually all verbal arguments, resulting in multiple agreement relationships.As an analytical work, Case and Agreement in Abaza provides a unified anaylsis of the agreement system within the theory of Principles and Parameters, demonstrating how a variety of structures (causative, applicative, inverted, etc.) can be accounted for within a single simple analysis.O'Herin's work is valuable for those interested in descriptions of languages of the Caucasus, as well as for syntacticians, particularly those interested in agreement systems and ergativity.Brian O'Herin received his Ph.D. in Linguistics in 1996. He has been a member of SIL since 1984. He did field research on Abaza for more than ten years and is currently assistant director of the Asia SIL school in Darwin, Australia.
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Introduction and Background
Basic Case Assignment
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Abaza absolutive agreement projection absolutive series adjoined adjunction adposition agreement pattern agreement phrase agreement prefix agreement specifiers analysis anaphor applicative object argument assigned AuxP Baker c-command causative prefix causative subject causative verb chapter checked Cherkessk Chomsky clitic complement configuration construction coreference dazda direct object discussion ditransitive dynamic verbs ergative agreement projection ergative series ergative-absolutive languages ErgP example extended projection functional head functional projection higher immediate left incorporate indirect intransitive languages lexical category lexical head lexically inverted verbs licensed locative masdar ment morpheme morphological movement Murasugi NART Nesting Condition nominal noun occur overt p-features phonological possessor possible postpositions potential prefix preverb Principle Principles and Parameters propose reflexive prefix registers agreement relative clauses requires S/he Sosruko specifier of AbsP specifier position stative complexes stative predicates stative verbs subject is registered syntactic third-person singular tion Transitive Subject transitive verb verb complex Vmax wh-agreement yac^aya