The Syntax of Agreement and Concord

The Syntax of Agreement and Concord

by Mark C. Baker
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521855470

ISBN-13: 9780521855471

Pub. Date: 02/29/2008

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

'Agreement' is the grammatical phenomenon in which the form of one item, such as the noun 'horses', forces a second item in the sentence, such as the verb 'gallop', to appear in a particular form, i.e. 'gallop' must agree with 'horses' in number. Even though agreement phenomena are some of the most familiar and well-studied aspects of grammar, there are certain basic…  See more details below

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'Agreement' is the grammatical phenomenon in which the form of one item, such as the noun 'horses', forces a second item in the sentence, such as the verb 'gallop', to appear in a particular form, i.e. 'gallop' must agree with 'horses' in number. Even though agreement phenomena are some of the most familiar and well-studied aspects of grammar, there are certain basic questions that have rarely been asked, let alone answered. This book develops a theory of the agreement processes found in language, and considers why verbs agree with subjects in person, adjectives agree in number and gender but not person, and nouns do not agree at all. Explaining these differences leads to a theory that can be applied to all parts of speech and to all languages.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521855471
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
02/29/2008
Series:
Cambridge Studies in Linguistics Series, #115
Pages:
292
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.83(d)

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction: category distinctions as a window on the theory of agreement; 2. Basic agreement and category distinctions; 3. The unity of verbal and adjectival agreement; 4. Explaining the restriction on person agreement; 5. Parameters of agreement.

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