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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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Agreement in the Kichean Agent-Focus Construction: The Facts

Agreement in the Kichean Agent-Focus Construction: The Facts

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Agreement and Its Failures

Omer Preminger

The MIT Press

This chapter discusses the central empirical domain explored in the monograph: agreement in the Agent-Focus (AF) construction of the Kichean languages. The chapter begins with a general discussion of agreement in Kichean, and then introduces the AF construction itself. It then presents the basic facts regarding agreement in this construction. Of particular interest is the fact that agreement in this construction exhibits what Nevins (2011) has termed omnivorous agreement The chapter proceeds to highlight a particular restriction on possible argument combinations in the AF construction, which the author calls the AF person restriction. Arguments against a purely morphological account of this restriction are then presented Finally, the chapter discusses the morphophonological properties of the agreement markers found in the AF construction and in Kichean finite clauses more generally—properties which, in the chapters that follow, will prove crucial in choosing among various possible accounts of agreement in Kichean AF.

Keywords:   syntax, morphology, Kichean, Mayan, agreement, Agent-Focus, AF person restriction

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