Austronesian and Theoretical Linguistics

by Raphael Mercado, Eric Potsdam,

Baker 2008 claims that two parameters account for observed crosslinguistic variation in the syntax of agreement. One concerns the direction of agreement: whether or not an agreed-with NP must c-command the agreeing head. The other concerns the relationship of agreement to case: whether or not a head can agree with something it does not share a case feature with. In this article, I consider how these two parameters apply to Austronesian languages, concentrating on three representative case studies: Fijian, Tukang Besi, and Kapampangan. All three languages require upward agreement, but agreement is case-dependent only in Kapampangan. The agreement parameters also interact with certain differences in clause structure and movement, giving somewhat different agreement patterns in different languages.
  • John Benjamins Publishing Company; December 2010
  • ISBN 9789027287755
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  • Title: Austronesian and Theoretical Linguistics
  • Author: Raphael Mercado (ed.); Eric Potsdam (ed.); Lisa deMena Travis (ed.)
  • Imprint: John Benjamins Publishing Company