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Intra-paradigmatic variation in Eleme verbal agreement

Bond, O (2010) Intra-paradigmatic variation in Eleme verbal agreement Studies in Language, 34 (1). pp. 1-35.

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Mismatches in the morphosyntactic features of controllers and targets in the Eleme (Ogonoid, Niger-Congo) participant reference system allow for a subject agreement paradigm in which the person of the grammatical subject is indicated by a verbal prefix, while plural number is marked by a suffix on different targets — either lexical verbs or auxiliaries — based on the person value of the controller. I examine the distribution of Eleme ‘Default Subject’ agreement affixes and the intra-paradigmatic asymmetry found between second-person plural and third-person plural subjects in Auxiliary Verb Constructions (AVC) and Serial Verb Constructions (SVC). I argue that the criteria by which the various agreement affixes select an appropriate morphological host can be modelled in terms of agreement prerequisites even when distributional variation is paradigm internal.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > School of Literature and Languages > English > Surrey Morphology Group
Authors :
Bond, O
Date : 2010
DOI : 10.1075/sl.34.1.01bon
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Additional Information : This is an electronic version of an article published as Bond O (2010). Intra-paradigmatic variation in Eleme verbal agreement. Studies in Language 34(1):1-35. The publisher should be contacted for permission to re-use or reprint the material in any form. Available online at:
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Date Deposited : 27 Feb 2013 17:45
Last Modified : 31 Oct 2017 14:46

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