Aspects of the Syntax of Agreement by Cedric Boeckx

By Cedric Boeckx

This quantity brings jointly quite a few strands of study concentrating on features of the syntax of contract, and the function that contract performs in linguistic conception. The essays gathered right here convey how and why contract has emerged in recent times because the important theoretical build in minimalism. even though the theoretical context of the quantity is minimalist in personality, Boeckx formulates formal and sizeable universals within the area of agreement.

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6. CONCLUSION I started by investigating some of the properties of raising predicates in Icelandic, concentrating on agreement patterns between the matrix finite verb and the nominative element in the embedded clause. , number) agreement takes place with nominative objects, given the fact that agreement with Quirky subjects take place. I was able to maintain (indeed, strengthen) the George and Kornfilt theory that agreement and Case are but one feature. At no point have I felt the need to resort to Agreement projections—a desirable result (cf.

Claiming that nominative Case may come from non-finite To won’t help, as there is no R-feature checking taking place with non-finite T-heads. Taking non-finite To to be the source of nominative Case on objects would go against the idea that has emerged in recent years (see Chomsky 2000 and Boeckx 2003a for references) that Case is a reflex of agreement. The only remaining possibility is vo. That vo may enter into K-feature checking is now standardly assumed for object agreement languages (see Chapter 4 for a clear example).

Fn. 17) is typical of [+human/+animate], which is best characterized in terms of [+person], rather than gender or number. [+Person] is intrinsic to humans, which might lead to a ‘correspondence rule’ of the type: dative › person. , [+person] features, which might be said to encode Point-of-View ([+/– speaker], [+/– addressee]). Point-of-view has recently received some attention in the generative literature, and is now assumed to be represented structurally via some projection (or several such projections, see Rizzi 1997), be it FP (Uriagereka 1995a, 1995b), PolP (Culicover 1992), or 4P (Laka 1990), dominating IP.

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