Agreement and Its Failures (Linguistic Inquiry Monographs by Omer Preminger PDF

By Omer Preminger

In this publication, Omer Preminger investigates how the compulsory nature of predicate-argument contract is enforced by way of the grammar. Preminger argues that an empirically enough thought of predicate-argument contract calls for recourse to an operation, whose obligatoriness is a grammatical primitive now not reducible to representational houses, yet whose profitable fruits isn't enforced through the grammar. Preminger's argument counters modern ways that locate the obligatoriness of predicate-argument contract enforced via representational skill. the main well-known of those is Chomsky's "interpretability"-based inspiration, within which the obligatoriness of predicate-argument contract is enforced via derivational time bombs. Preminger offers an empirical argument opposed to modern techniques that search to derive the compulsory nature of predicate-argument contract solely from derivational time bombs. He bargains in its place an alternate account in line with the idea of obligatory operations better suited for the proof. The an important information includes utterances that inescapably contain attempted-but-failed contract and are still totally grammatical. Preminger combines a close empirical research of contract phenomena within the Kichean (Mayan) languages, Zulu (Bantu), Basque, Icelandic, and French with an intensive and rigorous theoretical exploration of the far-reaching outcomes of those information. the result's a singular notion that has profound implications for the formalism that the speculation of grammar makes use of to derive compulsory techniques and properties.

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