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Archi: Complexities of Agreement in Cross-Theoretical Perspective

Oliver Bond, Greville G. Corbett, Marina Chumakina, and Dunstan Brown

Abstract

Imagine how the discipline of linguistics would be if expert practitioners of different theories met in a collaborative setting to tackle the same challenging data—to test the limits of their model’s infrastructure and examine how the concrete predictions of their theories differ about the same data. This book represents the result of attempting to achieve this for syntactic theory, using data from Archi (Nakh–Daghestanian, Lezgic), an endangered language with an extremely complex agreement system. We undertake a controlled evaluation of three widely practised syntactic theories, through detai ... More

Keywords: Archi, Nakh–Daghestanian languages, agreement, syntax, syntactic theory, Head-driven Phrase Structure Grammar (HPSG), Lexical Functional Grammar (LFG), Minimalism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780198747291
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198747291.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Oliver Bond, editor
Lecturer in Linguistics, University of Surrey

Greville G. Corbett, editor
Distinguished Professor of Linguistics, University of Surrey

Marina Chumakina, editor
Research Fellow in the Surrey Morphology Group, University of Surrey

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1 Introduction

Oliver Bond, Greville G. Corbett, and Marina Chumakina

2 Essentials of Archi grammar

Marina Chumakina, Oliver Bond, and Greville G. Corbett

3 Agreement domains and targets

Oliver Bond and Marina Chumakina

4 Competing controllers and agreement potential

Marina Chumakina and Oliver Bond