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Title: Agreement
Written By: Greville G. Corbett
Series Title: Cambridge Textbooks in Linguistics

Agreement in language relates to the correspondence between words in a
sentence, in terms of gender, case, person, or number. For example, in the
sentence 'he runs', the suffix -s 'agrees' in number with the singular
pronoun 'he'. Patterns of agreement vary dramatically
cross-linguistically, with great diversity in the way it is expressed and
the types of variation permitted. This clear introduction offers an insight
into how agreement works, and how linguists have tried to account for it.
Comparing examples from a range of languages, with radically different
agreement systems, it demonstrates agreement at work in a variety of
constructions. It shows how agreement is influenced by the conflicting
effects of sentence structure and meaning, and highlights the oddities of
agreement in English. The first textbook devoted to the cross-linguistic
study of the topic, Agreement will be essential reading for all those
studying the structure and mechanisms of natural languages.

Publication Year: 2006
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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Linguistic Field(s): Syntax
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 0521807085
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Pages: 346
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 0521807085
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: 346
Prices: U.K. £ 55.00