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Introduction: Canonical agreement

Corbett, Greville G. (2006) Introduction: Canonical agreement In: Agreement. Cambridge University Press, New York, pp. 1-34.


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Agreement in language occurs when grammatical information appears on a word which is not the source of that information. In simple examples like she runs, the form runs is singular, agreeing in number with she. This is information about the number of runners (just one), and it matches that expressed in its source she. Patterns of agreement vary dramatically cross-linguistically, with great diversity in expression and types of variation found. This clear introduction offers an insight into how agreement works, and how linguists have tried to account for it. Comparing examples from a range of languages, with radically different agreement systems, it demonstrates agreement at work in a variety of constructions. It shows how agreement is influenced by the conflicting effects of sentence structure and meaning, and highlights the oddities of agreement in English. Agreement will be essential reading for all those studying the structure and mechanisms of natural languages.

Item Type: Book Section
Divisions : Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > School of Literature and Languages > English > Surrey Morphology Group
Authors :
Corbett, Greville
Date : 1 July 2006
DOI : 10.2277/0521001706
Additional Information : Published in: Corbett, G.G. (2006). Agreement. Cambridge University Press, N.Y., pp. 1-34. © Greville G. Corbett 2006. Author proofs. Reproduced with permission. This publication is in copyright. Subject to statutory exception and to the provisions of relevant collective licensing agreements, no reproduction of any part may take place without the written permission of Cambridge University Press. Click here to view the book on the publisher's website. GREVILLE G. CORBETT is Distinguished Professor of Linguistics at the University of Surrey. His previous books include Gender (1991), Number (2000) and The Syntax-Morphology Interface (with Matthew Baerman and Dunstan Brown, 2005), all published by Cambridge University Press. Contents 1. Introduction: canonical agreement; 2. Controllers, targets and domains; 3. The morphology of agreement; 4. Features; 5. Mismatches; 6. Conditions; 7. The agreement hierarchy; 8. Resolution; 9. Other perspectives.
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Date Deposited : 27 May 2010 14:39
Last Modified : 16 Jan 2019 16:21

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