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This book brings together new work by leading syntactic theorists from the USA and Europe on a central aspect of syntactic and morphological theory: it explores the role of agreement morphology in the morphosyntactic realization of a verb's arguments. The authors examine the differences and parallels between nonconfigurational, pronominal- agreement languages; configurational languages which allow pronoun drop (for example, "Is coming" for "He is coming"); languages that allow pronoun drop in particular constructions only; and languages which always require overt syntactic determiner phrases as arguments. The book considers whether the morphological properties of agreement play a role in determining which of these types a language belongs to and how far languages differ with respect to the argumental status of their agreement and syntactic determiner phrases. The authors explore these and related issues and problems in the context of a wide range of languages. Their book will interest linguists at graduate level and above concerned with morphosyntactic theory, linguistic typology, and the interactions of syntax and morphology in different languages.
Fred Weerman is Professor of Dutch Linguistics at the University of Amsterdam. He is the author of The V2 Conspiracy (Foris, 1989) and co-author with Ad Neeleman of Flexible Syntax (Kluwer, 1999).
1. The Role of Agreement in the Expression of Arguments ; PART I THE AGREEMENT - PRO DROP CONNECTION ; 2. Economy, Agreement, and the Representation of Null Arguments ; 3. Deriving the Diference Between Full and Partial Pro Drop ; 4. Agreement, Pro, and Imperatives ; PART II MICROVARIATION I PRO DROP LANGUAGES ; 5. Uniform and Non-Uniform Aspects of Pro-Drop Languages ; 6. Assymetrical Pro Drop ; PART III INTERPRETING EMPTY ARGUMENTS ; 7. Agreement Phenomena in Sign Language of the Netherlands ; 8. "Arbitrary" Pro and the Theory of Pro Drop ; PART IV NONCONFIGURATIONALITY ; 9. The Pronominal Argument Parameter ; 10. On Zero Agreement and Polysynthesis
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