Argument Licensing and Agreement (Oxford Studies in by Claire Halpert PDF

By Claire Halpert

The strikingly unrestricted syntactic distribution of nouns in lots of Bantu languages usually results in proposals that syntactic case doesn't play an energetic position within the grammar of Bantu. This booklet deals a unique end that the root of Zulu that Bantu languages haven't just a method of structural case, but in addition a fancy process of morphological case that's similar to structures present in languages like Icelandic. via evaluating the procedure of argument licensing present in Zulu to these present in extra normal languages, Halpert introduces a couple of insights onto the association of the grammar.

First, whereas this e-book argues in want of a case-licensing research of Zulu, it locates the positions the place case is assigned reduce within the clause than what's present in nominative-accusative languages. furthermore, Zulu indicates proof that case and contract are certain operations within the language, positioned on diversified heads and working independently of one another. regardless of those unfamiliarities, there's facts that the timing relationships among operations replicate these present in different languages. moment, this publication proposes a unique kind of morphological case that serves to masks many structural licensing results in Zulu; the consequences of this example are unexpected, Halpert argues that its lifestyles is anticipated given the present typological photograph of case. ultimately, this ebook explores the implications of case and contract as dissociated operations, exhibiting that given this case, different strange houses of Bantu languages, akin to hyper-raising, are a normal consequence. This exploration yields the belief that a few of the more odd houses of Bantu languages in reality consequence from small quantities of version to deeply commonplace syntactic ideas reminiscent of case, contract, and the EPP.

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