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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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Agreement in Archi from a minimalist perspective

Agreement in Archi from a minimalist perspective

(p.184) 7 Agreement in Archi from a minimalist perspective

Maria Polinsky

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In Minimalist syntax, clause-level agreement is an asymmetrical connection between two elements linked via a single syntactic process, called Agree. All case and agreement licensing in Archi happens at the level of the verb phrase (vP), not the tensed clause, and agreement serves as evidence of underlying structure, providing surface indications of the functional projections inside the clause. Agreement within the noun phrase in Archi is subject to the principles of concord and cannot be reduced to Agree. While Archi data are best accounted for by separating Agree and the mechanisms of nominal concord, this result does not mean that the unifying approach to verbal and nominal concord should be abandoned. This approach may be applicable in some languages, but not in Archi, where strong language-particular evidence points to the differential approach to agreement in the two domains.

Keywords:   Archi, Minimalism, agreement, concord licensing, functional projections, Agree

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