25.3900, Books: Agreement and Its Failures: Preminger

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Subject: 25.3900, Books: Agreement and Its Failures: Preminger

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Date: Mon, 06 Oct 2014 16:15:55
From: David Weininger [dgw at mit.edu]
Subject: Agreement and Its Failures: Preminger

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Title: Agreement and Its Failures 
Series Title: Linguistic Inquiry Monographs  

Publication Year: 2014 
Publisher: MIT Press
	   http://mitpress.mit.edu/
	

Book URL: http://mitpress.mit.edu/books/agreement-and-its-failures 


Author: Omer Preminger

Hardback: ISBN:  9780262027403 Pages: 312 Price: U.S. $ 70
Hardback: ISBN:  9780262323185 Pages: 312 Price: U.S. $ 25
Paperback: ISBN:  9780262526173 Pages: 312 Price: U.S. $ 35


Abstract:

In this book, Omer Preminger investigates how the obligatory nature of predicate-argument agreement is enforced by the grammar. Preminger argues that an empirically adequate theory of predicate-argument agreement requires recourse to an operation, whose obligatoriness is a grammatical primitive not reducible to representational properties, but whose successful culmination is not enforced by the grammar.

Preminger’s argument counters contemporary approaches that find the obligatoriness of predicate-argument agreement enforced through representational means. The most prominent of these is Chomsky’s “interpretability”-based proposal, in which the obligatoriness of predicate-argument agreement is enforced through derivational time bombs. Preminger presents an empirical argument against contemporary approaches that seek to derive the obligatory nature of predicate-argument agreement exclusively from derivational time bombs. He offers instead an alternative account based on the notion of obligatory operations better suited to the facts. The crucial data involves utterances that inescapably involve attempted-but-failed agreement and are nonetheless fully grammatical. Preminger combines a detailed empirical investigation of agreement phenomena in the Kichean (Mayan) languages, Zulu (Bantu), Basque, Icelandic, and French with an extensive and rigorous theoretical exploration of the far-reaching consequences of these data. The result is a novel proposal that has profound implications for the formalism that the theory of grammar uses to derive obligatory processes and properties. 



Linguistic Field(s): Linguistic Theories
                     Syntax

Subject Language(s): Basque (eus)
                     French (fra)
                     Icelandic (isl)
                     Zulu (zul)

Language Family(ies): Quichean


Written In: English  (eng)

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