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Archi: Complexities of agreement in cross-theoretical perspective

Bond, O, Corbett, GG, Chumakina, M and Brown, D (2016) Archi: Complexities of agreement in cross-theoretical perspective Oxford Studies of Endangered Languages . Oxford University Press, Oxford. ISBN 9780198747291

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Abstract

This book presents a controlled evaluation of three widely practised syntactic theories on the basis of the extremely complex agreement system of Archi, an endangered Nakh-Daghestanian language. Even straightforward agreement examples are puzzling for syntacticians because agreement involves both redundancy and arbitrariness. Agreement is a significant source of syntactic complexity, exacerbated by the great diversity of its morphological expression. Imagine how the discipline of linguistics would be if expert practitioners of different theories met in a collaborative setting to tackle such challenging agreement data - to test the limits of their models and examine how the predictions of their theories differ given the same linguistic facts. Following an overview of the essentials of Archi grammar and an introduction to the remarkable agreement phenomena found in this language, three distinct accounts of the Archi data examine the tractability and predictive power of major syntactic theories: Head-driven Phrase Structure Grammar, Lexical Functional Grammar, and Minimalism. The final chapter compares the problems encountered and the solutions proposed in the different syntactic analyses and outlines the implications of the challenges that the Archi agreement system poses for linguistic theory.

Item Type: Book
Subjects : Linguistics
Divisions : Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > School of English and Languages > Languages and Translation
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AuthorsEmailORCID
Bond, OUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Corbett, GGUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Chumakina, MUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Brown, DUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Date : 25 August 2016
Copyright Disclaimer : Copyright 2016. Oxford University Press.
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Date Deposited : 21 Nov 2016 12:50
Last Modified : 21 Nov 2016 12:50
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/812916

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