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Title: Studies on Agreement
Edited By: João Costa
Maria Cristina Figueiredo Silva
URL: http://www.benjamins.com/cgi-bin/t_bookview.cgi?bookid=LA%2086
Series Title: Linguistik Aktuell/Linguistics Today 86

The status of agreement is a core issue in current morphological and
syntactic theory. The collection of papers in this volume focuses on
important issues, such as the nature of the relation between syntax and
morphology in determining agreement relations; whether and which syntactic
configurations are relevant for determining agreement; the relevance of
verbal agreement for the purposes of EPP; the inquiry into the existence of
connections between verbal and DP-internal agreement; on the morphological
and syntactic distinction of person, number and gender agreement; how and
why AGREE and Spec,head relations trigger different agreement effects; and
the type of relation that exists between head-movement and morphological
agreement. The data collected come from a wide variety of languages and the
studies presented discuss innovative and thought-provoking ideas for
dealing with agreement phenomena.

Table of contents

João Costa and Maria Cristina Figueiredo Silva 1–9
Capeverdean DP-internal number agreement: Additional arguments for a
distributed morphology approach
Ana Castro and Fernanda Pratas 11–24
Nominal and verbal agreement in Portuguese: An argument for Distributed
João Costa and Maria Cristina Figueiredo Silva 25–46
Proleptic agreement as a good design property
Norbert Corver 47–73
Anti-agreement: Features and locality
Anikó Csirmaz 75–98
The acquisition of the standard EPP in Dutch and French
Jacqueline van Kampen 99–119
A new view on first conjunct agreement: Evidence from Dutch dialects
Marjo Koppen 121–140
Agreement: The (unique and local) syntactic and morphological licenser of
subject Case
Jaklin Kornfilt 141–171
Probes: Lack of agreement in Romance
Guido Mensching and Eva-Maria Remberger 173–201
Syntactic agreement across language modalities: American Sign Language
Carol Neidle and Robert G. Lee 203–222
On the relation of [gender] Agreement: Evidence from Friulian
Sandra Paoli 223–242
The (dis)association of Tense, phi-features EPP and nominative Case: Case
studies from Romance and Greek
Ioanna Sitaridou 243–260
Head-Level and Chain-Level constraints on spellout
Jochen Trommer 261–281
Index 283–285

Publication Year: 2006
Publisher: John Benjamins
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Linguistic Field(s): Syntax
Generative Linguistics
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9027228108
ISBN-13: 9789027228109
Pages: 285
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