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Argument Licensing and Agreement$
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Claire Halpert

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780190256470

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190256470.001.0001

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Uncovering Argument Licensing

Uncovering Argument Licensing

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(p.54) Chapter 3 Uncovering Argument Licensing
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Argument Licensing and Agreement
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Claire Halpert

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190256470.003.0003

This chapter reviews proposals that Bantu languages lack case-licensing and argues in favor of a different conclusion for Zulu: certain nominals must receive case-licensing in vP-internal positions. In particular, the chapter argues that augmentless nominals in Zulu are licensed either by a Licenser head that is between T(ense) and vP or by applicative/causative in direct object position. The chapter demonstrates that this case-based account for augmentless nominals has better empirical coverage than other approaches distribution of the augment. It further compares the augment distribution in Zulu to augment patterns in other Bantu languages, discussing common syntactic patterns that emerge in Kinande, Luganda, and Xhosa.

Keywords:   case, tense, Zulu, Luganda, Kinande, Xhosa

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