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Title: The Role of Agreement in Non-Finite Predication
Written By: Gréte Anna Dalmi
URL: http://www.benjamins.com/cgi-bin/t_bookview.cgi?bookid=LA%2090
Series Title: Linguistik Aktuell/Linguistics Today 90
Description:

This comparative syntactic study claims that agreement is the most central
functional category responsible for licensing predication in finite,
non-finite and small clauses alike. Intriguing syntactic phenomena like
Icelandic infinitival predicates taking non-nominative (quirky) subjects;
psych-impersonal and modal predicates in Italian, Hungarian and Russian;
meteorological predicates, existential clauses, post-verbal and null
subjects in the so-called null-subject VSO languages can all be better
analyzed through a concept of predication that is closely related to AGRP,
manifesting subject-verb agreement.
The overt agreement marking in Hungarian and Portuguese infinitival clauses
further strengthens this view. Obviation and control subjunctive clauses in
the Balkan languages, Welsh finite and non-finite infinitival clauses as
well as case-marked secondary predicates in Icelandic, Slovak, Hungarian,
Russian and Finnish also lend support to an analysis where the [+pred]
feature is checked in AGRP.


Table of contents

List of abbreviations vii–ix

List of cases in Hungarian x

Acknowledgements xi

Foreword xii–xv

1. Finiteness and minimalist theory 1–28

2. Two theories of predicstion without AGRP 29–41

3. AGR-based theories of grammar 43–69

4. AGRP in infinitival clauses: Icelandic and Hungarian 71–143

5. AGRP in other forms of non-finite predication 145–198

6. Conclusion 199–201

References 203–218

Index 220–221

Publication Year: 2005
Publisher: John Benjamins
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Linguistic Field(s): Syntax
Subject Language(s): Hungarian
Icelandic
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9027233543
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Pages: 222
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