Agreement in Natural Language

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Center for the Study of Language (CSLI), 1988 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 355 pages
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Although grammatical agreement or concord is widespread in human languages, linguistic theorists have generally treated agreement phenomena as secondary or even marginal. All the papers in this volume, however, take agreement phenomena seriously, as presenting either a general issue in theory construction or a descriptive problem in particular types of languages. The theoretical perspectives range from purportedly theory-neutral typological frameworks to assumptions about the validity of one or another current formal model. Further, the degree of generality ranges from a universalist nature-of-human-language agenda to concern with one or another aspect of grammatical agreement or with agreement in a single language or language group.
 

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Contents

A Partial
23
Target Problems
39
On the Function of Agreement
55
Toward a Unified Theory of Agreement
67
Markedness and Morphological Features
80
Agreement and Markednessthe Empirical Fit
94
Agreement in Arabic
107
An Agreement Typology and the Domain Problem
129
Extensions of BrotherinLaw Agreement
219
Conclusion
234
VerbCoded Constructions
245
Agreement with Gaps
251
Explanation
281
Noun Phrase Internal
287
Prequantifiers and Discontinuous Case Agreement
295
Case Marking on Postposed Modifiers
301

Conclusion
155
Agreement Case Marking and Possession
171
Predicate Complements in Lithuanian
185
On the Complementarity
201
Conclusion
217
Noun Classes
305
Noun Classes and Agreement
323
Language Index
343
Subject Index
349
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