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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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Archi as a basis for comparing different frameworks

Archi as a basis for comparing different frameworks

(p.233) 8 Archi as a basis for comparing different frameworks

Dunstan Brown

Peter Sells

Oxford University Press

The set of agreement problems presented by Archi test the adequacy of available infrastructure in theoretical models of agreement and reveal the basic similarities that underpin different approaches. This three-way comparison of Head-driven Phrase Structure Grammar (HPSG), Lexical Functional Grammar (LFG), and Minimalism exposes the strengths and weaknesses of each theory by comparing their accounts of specific empirical problems. To this end, the behaviour of numeral phrases provides good insight into NP/DP agreement and canonical clausal agreement, while the accounts of biabsolutive constructions tackle a more unusual syntactic problem. Examining the generality of the theoretical apparatus (in terms of how much new infrastructure has to be introduced to deal with the problem sets) and predictive ability (namely, the extent to which the relative restrictiveness of the approaches is beneficial or inadequate in dealing with ‘highly complex’ systems of agreement) helps us understand fundamental differences between each of the frameworks.

Keywords:   Archi, agreement, Head-driven Phrase Structure Grammar (HPSG), Lexical Functional Grammar (LFG), Minimalism, biabsolutive constructions, numeral phrases

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