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Title: Conjunctive agreement in Lamaholot
Author: Kunio Nishiyama
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Institution: Ibaraki University
Linguistic Field: Syntax
Subject Language: Lamaholot
Valman
Abstract: This paper presents a description and a theoretical analysis of agreement within coordination in Lamaholot (Austronesian), where the first conjunct agrees with the conjunction ‘and’. Conjunctive agreement is obligatory in the subject position but is optional in the object position. The analysis is couched in terms of markedness of case and proposes that the case of the subject (nominative) is unmarked compared to the case of the object (accusative), and that only unmarked case enables phi-features of the agreement control to be copied onto the agreement host. Apparent optionality is accounted for by manners of case spreading in coordination. Conjunctive agreement is also reported in the genetically unrelated but areally related language of Walman. Although conjunctive agreement originates in verbal agreement with the comitative function in both languages, it is shown that grammaticalization from the comitative to the conjunction is more advanced in Lamaholot, at least in terms of syntax and morphology.

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This article appears IN Journal of Linguistics Vol. 47, Issue 2, which you can READ on Cambridge's site or on LINGUIST .



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