Agreement and Its Failures (Linguistic Inquiry Monographs by Omer Preminger

By Omer Preminger

In this booklet, Omer Preminger investigates how the compulsory nature of predicate-argument contract is enforced via the grammar. Preminger argues that an empirically sufficient idea of predicate-argument contract calls for recourse to an operation, whose obligatoriness is a grammatical primitive no longer reducible to representational houses, yet whose winning end result isn't really enforced by way of the grammar. Preminger's argument counters modern ways that locate the obligatoriness of predicate-argument contract enforced via representational potential. the main fashionable of those is Chomsky's "interpretability"-based concept, within which the obligatoriness of predicate-argument contract is enforced via derivational time bombs. Preminger offers an empirical argument opposed to modern methods that search to derive the compulsory nature of predicate-argument contract completely from derivational time bombs. He bargains as a substitute an alternate account in line with the inspiration of obligatory operations better fitted to the evidence. The an important info contains utterances that inescapably contain attempted-but-failed contract and are still totally grammatical. Preminger combines an in depth empirical research of contract phenomena within the Kichean (Mayan) languages, Zulu (Bantu), Basque, Icelandic, and French with an in depth and rigorous theoretical exploration of the far-reaching effects of those info. the result's a singular suggestion that has profound implications for the formalism that the idea of grammar makes use of to derive compulsory strategies and properties.

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