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ArchiComplexities of Agreement in Cross-Theoretical Perspective$
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Oliver Bond, Greville G. Corbett, Marina Chumakina, and Dunstan Brown

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780198747291

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198747291.001.0001

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(p.1) 1 Introduction

Oliver Bond

Greville G. Corbett

Marina Chumakina

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Agreement is a typologically common syntactic phenomenon that should be at the core of the design of every model of syntax. Even the straightforward examples of agreement are puzzling for syntacticians, because agreement involves both redundancy and arbitrariness. The indirect relationship between semantics and sentence structure expressed by agreement is thus a significant source of syntactic complexity, exacerbated by great diversity of its morphological expression. While syntactic theories all attempt to account for the role of syntax in grammar, there are inevitable differences in the principles and theoretical mechanisms underlying each model. To assess and compare the operability of syntactic theories, an independent evaluation tool is essential. Our chosen source of data, Archi, presents a rare case of a language whose agreement system challenges major claims found in three mainstream syntactic theories: Head-driven Phrase Structure Grammar (HPSG), Lexical Functional Grammar (LFG), and Minimalism.

Keywords:   Archi, agreement, syntactic theories, Head-driven Phrase Structure Grammar (HPSG), Lexical Functional Grammar (LFG), Minimalism

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