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Agreement and Its Failures$
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Omer Preminger

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780262027403

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: January 2015

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262027403.001.0001

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Modeling the Obligatoriness of φ-Agreement

Modeling the Obligatoriness of φ-Agreement

(p.5) 2 Modeling the Obligatoriness of φ-Agreement
Agreement and Its Failures

Omer Preminger

The MIT Press

This chapter introduces the central explanandum of the monograph: the obligatory nature of predicate-argument agreement in phi-features (person, number, gender/noun-class). The chapter begins by providing a working definition of the term agreement. It then proceeds to present three different models to capture its obligatoriness: derivational time-bombs, violable constraints, and obligatory operations. Finally, the notion of “failed agreement” is introduced, and its significance in teasing apart these different models is highlighted.

Keywords:   syntax, agreement, phi-features, derivational time-bombs, violable constraints, obligatory operations, failed agreement

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