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LINGUIST List 23.5066

Tue Dec 04 2012

Books: Agreement, Pronominal Clitics and Negation in Tamazight Berber: Ouali

Editor for this issue: Danniella Hornby <daniellalinguistlist.org>

Date: 30-Nov-2012
From: Ellena Moriarty <Ellena.moriartybloomsbury.com>
Subject: Agreement, Pronominal Clitics and Negation in Tamazight Berber: Ouali
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Title: Agreement, Pronominal Clitics and Negation in Tamazight Berber
Subtitle: A Unified Analysis
Series Title: Bloomsbury Studies in Theoretical Linguistics

Publication Year: 2012
Publisher: Bloomsbury Linguistics (formerly Continuum Linguistics)

Book URL: http://www.bloomsbury.com/uk/agreement-pronominal-clitics-and-negation-in-tamazight-berber-978144117

Author: Hamid Ouali

Paperback: ISBN: 144117933X 9781441179333 Pages: 208 Price: U.K. £ 24.99


This book presents a study of various important aspects of Tamazight Berber
syntax within the generative tradition. Work on Berber linguistics from a
generative perspective remains in many ways uncharted territory. There has
been hardly any published research on this language and its different
dialects, especially in English -- this book fills some of these gaps and lays
down the foundations for further research.Ouali looks at three seemingly
disparate ranges of syntactic phenomena, namely Subject-verb agreement,
Clitic-doubling and Negative Concord. These phenomena have received different
analytical treatments, but Ouali proposes that they are all forms of agreement
derived under the same Chomskian 'Agree' mechanism. The book addresses a
fundamental question in the ongoing debate in recent Minimalism with regard to
how subject-verb agreement is obtained and proposes a new analysis of the
so-called Anti-Agreement Effect. It will be of interest to all syntacticians
and to researchers in Afroasiatic languages.

"This book is an important 'must read' contribution both to contemporary
syntactic theory and to the description and analysis of understudied Berber
dialects. It illuminates fundamental aspects of syntactic theory and
Minimalist method analyzing phenomena of enduring interest, including (Anti-)
Agreement, Cliticization and Negative Concord while insightfully revealing
their possible unification and deduction as facilitated by adopting and
further clarifying certain central formal aspects of current Minimalist
analysis." Samuel D. Epstein, Professor of Linguistics, University of
Michigan, USA

Contents: 1. Introduction \ 2. Background on the Berber language \ 3.
Agreement: from GB to Minimalism \ 4. Tamazight verb morphology and clause
structure \ 5. Subject verb agreement and agreement suppression effects \ 6.
Object pronominal clitics \ 7. Clitic doubling \ 8. Negative concord \ 9.
Agreement suppression effects and unification via agree \ Conclusion \
Bibliography \ Index

Linguistic Field(s): Grammar

Language Family(ies): Berber

Written In: English (eng)

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