Natural Language & Linguistic Theory

, Volume 25, Issue 2, pp 403–446

Anti-agreement, anti-locality and minimality. The syntax of dislocated subjects

Authors

    • Department of English, Comparitive Literature, and LinguisticsCalifornia State University
Original Paper

DOI: 10.1007/s11049-006-9014-5

Cite this article as:
Schneider-Zioga, P. Nat Language Linguistic Theory (2007) 25: 403. doi:10.1007/s11049-006-9014-5

Abstract

Anti-agreement is the phenomenon whereby the morphosyntactic form of subject/verb agreement is sensitive to whether or not an agreeing subject has been locally extracted. This paper argues that, together with an anti-locality constraint on movement (Grohmann, 2003) which prohibits overly local movement as elaborated in (i–v), the occurrence of a canonically left dislocated subject in anti-agreement languages accounts for all syntax peculiar to the phenomenon in the Bantu language of Kinande: (i) subjects can extract long-distance even across islands; (ii) subjects are locally unextractable if the canonical subject/verb agreement occurs; (iii) local subject extraction requires a change in subject/verb agreement morphology; (iv) objects cannot locally extract even if they appear to do so; and (v) objects can extract long-distance; however, they are sensitive to islands. Evidence comes from an analysis of the distribution of nominal expressions in the language as well as in-depth examination of two different wh-question formation strategies in the language. This study also reveals that the last resort strategy in a language is relativized to what is first resort: if resumption is first resort, movement is last resort, and vice versa.

Keywords

Anti-agreementAgreementAnti-localityLocalitySubjectA’-dependenciesLeft edgeDislocationCaseKinandeBantuBase generationResumptionResumptive pronounWh-agreement

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