ADC/ALC Semineri, 30 Mayıs 2008

26 Mayıs 2008 Pazartesi

30 Mayıs 2008 Cuma günü saat 16:40’da ADÇ 2008 Bahar döneminin son konuşması ODTÜ'den Martina Gracanin-Yüksek tarafından gerçekleştirilecek. Konuşma Hacettepe Üniversitesi, Beytepe Kampüsündeki Edebiyat Fakültesi binasında bulunan B4 103 no’lu derslikte sunulacak. First Conjunct Agreement in Croatian başlığını taşıyan konuşmada görüşmek üzere.
30 Mayıs 2008, 16:40 H.Ü. Edebiyat Fakültesi (Giriş Kat), B4 103 no’lu derslik.

First Conjunct Agreement in Croatian
Martina Gracanin-Yüksek

It has been noted in the literature on coordination (McCloskey 1986; Johannessen 1996; Sadler 2003) that there is an asymmetry between the first and the second conjunct in a coordinated structure, in that the first conjunct alone is able to control agreement in certain environments, which is not an option for the second conjunct. This phenomenon goes by the name of First Conjunct Agreement (FCA). In this talk I discuss the FCA patterns in Croatian. I present evidence that some instances of FCA are in fact instances of conjunction reduction (CR), i.e. that the conjuncts are not individual phrases, but rather bigger constituents in which some material has been deleted. I also discuss the possibility of default (masculine) agreement on the verbal element. A coordination of DPs whose ϕ-features do not match can yield default agreement on the verb, except when the individual conjuncts are plural, in which case FCA is the only option. However, the default agreement is exceptionally allowed when the first conjunct is masculine plural. This phenomenon is reminiscent of “the matching effect” found in free relatives in various languages. I present additional data that seems to indicate that subject-verb agreement, when the subject is a &P, involves mechanisms similar to the one that derives the matching effect in free relatives, whatever those mechanisms are.

Johannessen, Janne Bonci. 1996. “Partial Agreement and Coordination.” Linguistic Inquiry, 27: 661-676.
McCloskey, James. 1986. “Inflection and Conjunction in Modern Irish”. Natural Language and Linguistic Theory, 4: 245-82.
Sadler, Louisa. 2003. “Coordination and Asymmetric Agreement in Welsh.” In Miriam Butt and
Tracy Holloway King, eds., Nominals: Inside and Out, 85–117. Stanford, CA: CSLI Publications.

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