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The impact of morphology on change in agreement systems


Loporcaro, Michele (2015). The impact of morphology on change in agreement systems. In: Fleischer, Jürg; Rieken, Elisabeth; Widmer, Paul. Agreement from a Diachronic Perspective. Berlin: De Gruyter, 103-126.

Abstract

Agreement is a syntactic mechanism involving morpho-syntactic categories such as person, number, gender. Since morphology provides the formal means for this syntactic mechanism to result in surface contrasts, the impact of morphology on agreement is usually limited to the (trivial) fact that the signalling of agreement stays and falls with (the contrast between cells of) the morphological paradigms whose cells are defined through distinct morpho-syntactic feature values.
However, it sometimes happens that pure morphology (e.g. [contrasts in] inflectional classes) conditions change in agreement rules and/or in morpho-syntactic properties of the language such as, say, the number of genders occurring in the system. In this paper, I will review some such cases from lesser-known Romance varieties.

Abstract

Agreement is a syntactic mechanism involving morpho-syntactic categories such as person, number, gender. Since morphology provides the formal means for this syntactic mechanism to result in surface contrasts, the impact of morphology on agreement is usually limited to the (trivial) fact that the signalling of agreement stays and falls with (the contrast between cells of) the morphological paradigms whose cells are defined through distinct morpho-syntactic feature values.
However, it sometimes happens that pure morphology (e.g. [contrasts in] inflectional classes) conditions change in agreement rules and/or in morpho-syntactic properties of the language such as, say, the number of genders occurring in the system. In this paper, I will review some such cases from lesser-known Romance varieties.

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Item Type:Book Section, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Romance Studies
08 University Research Priority Programs > Language and Space
Dewey Decimal Classification:800 Literature, rhetoric & criticism
470 Latin & Italic languages
410 Linguistics
440 French & related languages
460 Spanish & Portuguese languages
450 Italian, Romanian & related languages
Language:English
Date:2015
Deposited On:30 Sep 2015 07:36
Last Modified:08 Dec 2017 14:12
Publisher:De Gruyter
Series Name:Trends in Linguistics. Studies and Monographs
Number:287
ISSN:1861-4302
ISBN:978-3-11-037334-9
Additional Information:ISBN: 978-3-11-039996-7
Related URLs:http://www.degruyter.com/view/product/433898 (Publisher)

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