The Many Faces of Agreement

Morphology, Syntax, Semantics, and Discourse Factors in Serbo-Croatian Agreement

Stephen Wechsler and Larisa Zlatic

The Many Faces of Agreement
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Stephen Wechsler and Larisa Zlatic

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200 pages | 6 x 9 | © 2003
Cloth $65.00 ISBN: 9781575864174 Published May 2003
Paper $25.00 ISBN: 9781575864181 Published May 2003
Agreement features correlate closely with semantics as well as with noun morphology. This book presents a precise formal theory of those correlations, illustrated with Serbo-Croatian and other languages. In explaining regular agreement as a network of constraints, the theory also predicts a restricted set of exceptional situations where normal agreement can give way to agreement mismatches.

With this framework in place, the authors explore a number of factors that affect agreement processes. The theory even explains the striking cross-linguistic generalizations expressed in Corbett's Agreement Hierarchy. Agreement is shown to be a distributed phenomenon, manifesting its many faces among the various components of grammar.
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