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Agreement and Its Failures

Omer Preminger


This monograph shows that the typically obligatory nature of predicate-argument agreement in phi-features (phi-agreement) cannot be captured through “derivational time-bombs” – elements of the initial representation that cannot be part of a well-formed, end-of-the-derivation structure, and which are eliminated by the application of phi-agreement itself. This includes, but is not limited to, the ‘uninterpretable features’ of Chomsky 2000, 2001. Instead, it requires recourse to an operation – one whose invocation is obligatory, but whose successful culmination is not enforced by the grammar. The ... More

Keywords: syntax, morphology, agreement, case, Mayan, Kichean, derivational time-bombs, obligatory operations, failed agreement, dative intervention

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780262027403
Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: January 2015 DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262027403.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Omer Preminger, author
Syracuse University