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Thu Mar 13 2008

Diss: Syntax: Chandra: '(Dis)Agree: Movement and Agreement Reconsid...'

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        1.    Pritha Chandra, (Dis)Agree: Movement and Agreement Reconsidered

Message 1: (Dis)Agree: Movement and Agreement Reconsidered
Date: 13-Mar-2008
From: Pritha Chandra <prithahss.iitd.ernet.in>
Subject: (Dis)Agree: Movement and Agreement Reconsidered
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Institution: University of Maryland
Program: Department of Linguistics
Dissertation Status: Completed
Degree Date: 2007

Author: Pritha Chandra

Dissertation Title: (Dis)Agree: Movement and Agreement Reconsidered

Linguistic Field(s): Syntax

Dissertation Director:
Norbert Hornstein

Dissertation Abstract:

This dissertation examines Agree, a narrow syntactic, long-distance
operation underlying phi-agreement in the grammar. Taking the strong
minimalist thesis (cf. Chomsky 2000) as the point of departure, it
questions Agree on both conceptual and empirical grounds. On the conceptual
side, the operation is suspect first for its language-specific character.
Second, it also fails to be justified on the grounds of general
architectural constraints and legibility requirements. Further, evidences
of various long-distance agreement from across languages examined here
question the empirical basis for Agree built throughout the previous
literature. As far as this is true, the dissertation contends that the
faculty of language has nothing beyond Merge and Move/Internal Merge, the
first being inevitable in any language-like system and the latter
necessitated by interface exigencies. The purpose in this dissertation is
to show that these two operations suffice to obtain phi-agreement in
natural language.

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