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Argument Licensing and Agreement

Claire Halpert


Nouns in many Bantu languages show a strikingly unrestricted syntactic distribution, leading to proposals that syntactic case does not play an active role in the grammar of Bantu. This book argues for a different conclusion, proposing on the basis of Zulu that Bantu languages have not only a system of structural case, but also a complex system of morphological case that is comparable to systems found in languages like Icelandic. Comparing this system of argument licensing in Zulu to those found in more familiar languages yields a number of insights onto the organization of the grammar. First, ... More

Keywords: syntax, Bantu languages, case, agreement, EPP, raising, Zulu, Icelandic

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780190256470
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190256470.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Claire Halpert, author
Assistant Professor of Linguistics, University of Minnesota