Article published in:Pragmatics and Autolexical Grammar: In honor of Jerry Sadock
Edited by Etsuyo Yuasa, Tista Bagchi and Katharine Beals
[Linguistik Aktuell/Linguistics Today 176] 2011
► pp. 193–210
Aleut case matters
Aleut shows a remarkable alternation in its case and agreement patterns: roughly put, one pattern appears when a non-subject argument is syntactically unexpressed in a predicate, and the other pattern appears otherwise. This paper is devoted to an attempt to provide a coherent analysis for this alternation: the missing argument is analyzed as a pro which must move into a local relation with the highest T; in this position, it triggers additional agreement on the verb, and blocks normal case assignment to the subject (which then gets a different case). This movement is analogous to that of (potentially long) clitic movement, and its effects on the case and agreement patterns is shown to be similar to the wh-agreement pattern in Chamorro.
Published online: 29 April 2011
Cited by other publications
Bjorkman, Bronwyn M. & Hedde Zeijlstra
Hanink, Emily A.
This list is based on CrossRef data as of 23 december 2020. Please note that it may not be complete. Sources presented here have been supplied by the respective publishers. Any errors therein should be reported to them.