Article published in:The Lexicon–Syntax Interface: Perspectives from South Asian languages
Edited by Pritha Chandra and Richa Srishti
[Linguistik Aktuell/Linguistics Today 209] 2014
► pp. 217–244
Agreement and verb types in Kutchi Gujarati
This paper explores the φ-agreement system in Kutchi Gujarati, focusing on canonical transitive cases and on non-canonical cases involving psych predicates and modal auxiliaries. Based on the agreement pattern in the future perfect, we argue that φ-agreement in Kutchi Gujarati involves two agreement probes, a higher (number/person) probe in T, and a lower (gender/number) probe in the v/Asp area. After showing how such a system derives the split-ergative agreement pattern in canonical transitive constructions (Section 2), we extend our analysis to other types of verbs, specifically to psych predicates (such as gam ‘like’) and to constructions that involve modal auxiliaries (such as par ‘have to’), both of which require a dative-marked subject (Section 3).
Keywords: future perfect, Gujarati, Marwari, modals, psych predicates, split-ergativity
Published online: 25 March 2014
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