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 ends up in proposals that syntactic case doesn't play an lively function within the grammar of Bantu. This e-book deals a distinct end that the foundation of Zulu that Bantu languages haven't just a method of structural case, but additionally a fancy method of morphological case that's such as platforms present in languages like Icelandic. by means of evaluating the method of argument licensing present in Zulu to these present in extra well-known languages, Halpert introduces a few insights onto the association of the grammar.

First, whereas this publication argues in prefer of a case-licensing research of Zulu, it locates the positions the place case is assigned decrease within the clause than what's present in nominative-accusative languages. additionally, Zulu exhibits proof that case and contract are specified operations within the language, situated on diverse 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 ebook proposes a unique form of morphological case that serves to masks many structural licensing results in Zulu; the results of this situation are unexpected, Halpert argues that its lifestyles is predicted given the present typological photograph of case. eventually, this ebook explores the results of case and contract as dissociated operations, displaying that given this case, different strange houses of Bantu languages, corresponding to hyper-raising, are a typical end result. This exploration yields the belief that a number of the more odd homes of Bantu languages actually outcome from small quantities of edition to deeply usual syntactic rules reminiscent of case, contract, and the EPP.

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