In support of long distance agree

  • In the recent literature the phenomenon of long distance agreement has become the focus of several studies as it seems to violate certain locality conditions which require that agreeing elements in general stand in clause-mate relationships. In particular, it involves a verb agreeing with a constituent which is located in the verb's clausal complement and hence poses a challenge for theories that assume a strictly local relationship for agreement. In this paper we present empirical evidence from Greek and Romanian for the reality of long distance agreement. Specifically, we focus on raising constructions in these two languages and we show that they do not involve movement but rather instantiate long distance agreement. We further argue that subjunctives allowing long distance agreement lack both a CP layer and semantic Tense. However, since the embedded verb also bears phi-features, these constructions pose a further problem for assumptions that view the presence of phi-features as evidence for the presence of a C layer. Finally, we raise the question of the common properties that these languages have that lead to the presence of long distance agreement.

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Author:Artemis AlexiadouORCiDGND, Elena AnagnostopoulouORCiDGND, Gianina Nicoleta IordăchioaiaORCiDGND, Mihaela Adriana Marchis
Editor:Artemis Alexiadou, Tibor Kiss, Gereon Müller
Document Type:Preprint
Date of Publication (online):2009/05/05
Year of first Publication:2009
Publishing Institution:Universitätsbibliothek Johann Christian Senckenberg
Release Date:2009/05/05
Page Number:21
First Page:1
Last Page:21
Preprint, erschienen in: Artemis Alexiadou ; Tibor Kiss ; Gereon Müller (Hrsg.): Local modelling of non-local dependencies in syntax, Berlin ; Boston, Mass. : de Gruyter, 2012, S. 85-110, Linguistische Arbeiten ; 547, ISBN: 978-3-11-029471-2, ISBN: 3-11-029471-0, ISBN: 978-3-11-029477-4, ISBN: 3-11-029477-X
Source: ; erscheint (in:) A. Alexiadou / G. Müller / T. Kiss : Local modeling of non-local dependencies
Dewey Decimal Classification:4 Sprache / 40 Sprache / 400 Sprache
Linguistik-Klassifikation:Linguistik-Klassifikation: Syntax
Licence (German):License LogoDeutsches Urheberrecht