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Cambridge Textbooks in Linguistics : Agreement - Greville G. Corbett

Cambridge Textbooks in Linguistics



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Agreement in language relates to the correspondence between words in a sentence, in terms of gender, case, person, or number. For example, in the sentence 'he runs', the suffix -s 'agrees' in number with the singular pronoun 'he'. Patterns of agreement vary dramatically cross-linguistically, with great diversity in the way it is expressed and the types of variation permitted. 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. The first textbook devoted to the cross-linguistic study of the topic, Agreement will be essential reading for all those studying the structure and mechanisms of natural languages.

List of figuresp. xii
List of tablesp. xiii
Prefacep. xv
List of abbreviationsp. xvi
Introduction: canonical agreementp. 1
The special interest of agreementp. 1
The place of agreementp. 2
Defining termsp. 4
Canonical agreementp. 8
Scope and structure of the bookp. 27
Helpful background for the readerp. 32
Conclusionp. 34
Controllers, targets and domainsp. 35
Controllersp. 35
Targetsp. 40
Domainsp. 54
A schema for non-canonical domainsp. 59
Further domainsp. 69
Conclusionp. 70
The morphology of agreementp. 71
Models of morphologyp. 71
Means of exponencep. 72
Morphological prerequisites for agreementp. 78
Special morphological phenomenap. 85
Alliterative agreementp. 87
Additional syntactic effects on agreement morphologyp. 91
Rich agreement and strong agreementp. 98
Pronominal affixesp. 99
Conclusionp. 112
Featuresp. 114
Copying of features or unificationp. 114
Feature types and their relevance for agreementp. 116
Main agreement features ('phi features')p. 125
Less clear agreement featuresp. 133
Unusual agreement featuresp. 137
Interaction with the domainp. 141
Conclusionp. 142
Mismatchesp. 143
Unproblematic mismatchesp. 144
Defaults and extended use of defaultsp. 147
Partial agreementp. 151
Syntactic and semantic agreementp. 155
Sources of mismatchesp. 160
Occurrence and non-occurrence of agreement choicesp. 165
A predictable mismatch: conjoined noun phrasesp. 168
Informative mismatchesp. 170
Target featuresp. 172
Conclusionp. 175
Conditionsp. 176
Examples of conditionsp. 176
Characteristics of conditionsp. 181
Typologyp. 183
Factors which overlap with agreement conditionsp. 185
Thematic role and animacyp. 188
Grammatical relations and casep. 194
Communicative function and precedencep. 197
Morphological consequencesp. 204
Conclusionp. 204
The Agreement Hierarchyp. 206
The Agreement Hierarchy as a constraint on agreement patternsp. 206
Representative datap. 207
Overview of evidence: lexical hybridsp. 213
Overview of evidence: constructional mismatchesp. 219
Roles of the Agreement Hierarchyp. 224
Implications of the Agreement Hierarchyp. 227
Further constraintsp. 230
Interactionsp. 236
Conclusionp. 237
Resolutionp. 238
Personp. 240
Numberp. 242
Genderp. 243
Further gender resolution systemsp. 251
Characteristics of resolution systemsp. 253
Motivationp. 258
Conclusionp. 263
Other perspectivesp. 264
Diachronyp. 264
The functions of agreementp. 274
Child language acquisitionp. 275
Psycholinguistic researchp. 277
Conclusionp. 284
Referencesp. 285
Author indexp. 318
Language indexp. 324
Subject indexp. 327
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ISBN: 9780521001700
ISBN-10: 0521001706
Series: Cambridge Textbooks in Linguistics
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 348
Published: 8th June 2006
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.8 x 17.5  x 2.2
Weight (kg): 0.72