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Argument Licensing and Agreement$
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Claire Halpert

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780190256470

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190256470.001.0001

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Optional Agreement and Other Consequences

Optional Agreement and Other Consequences

(p.229) Chapter 6 Optional Agreement and Other Consequences
Argument Licensing and Agreement

Claire Halpert

Oxford University Press

This chapter investigates some consequences of the analysis of Zulu developed in previous chapters. In particular, it returns to the issue of subject agreement and explores agreement effects that result from the independence of phi-agreement from case-licensing and the Activity Condition in Zulu. It considers two instances of exceptional optional agreement: complex NPs and raising-to-subject out of a finite CP. It proposes that the exceptional agreement in both of these cases involves T agreeing with a CP goal: complex NPs contain equidistant nominal and CP components, while raising-to-subject involves an embedded CP as goal. In the raising construction, T first agrees with CP and then with the embedded subject; this subsequent operation alleviates the Phase Impenetrability Condition (Rackowski and Richards 2005). The Zulu raising pattern is compared to raising-to-subject constructions in English and Greek, whose properties differ due to differences in case assignment and phasehood.

Keywords:   raising-to-subject, optionality, complex NPs, Activity Condition, Zulu

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