Natural Language & Linguistic Theory

, Volume 28, Issue 2, pp 239–274

On case concord: the syntax of switch-reference clauses


DOI: 10.1007/s11049-010-9093-1

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Camacho, J. Nat Lang Linguist Theory (2010) 28: 239. doi:10.1007/s11049-010-9093-1


This paper discusses switch-reference (SR) systems in Pano and Muskogean languages, and proposes that grammatical case plays an essential role in licensing same-subject SR constructions in these languages. Specifically, case activates an agreement relationship between two clauses, allowing for transmission of information about participant coreference. different-subject SR, on the other hand, does not involve case concord, but signals the activation of a discourse participant that was either inactive in the background or not present.


Switch-referenceAgreementShipiboMuskogeanCase concordArgument coreference

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Spanish and Portuguese, Linguistics DepartmentRutgers UniversityNew BrunswickUSA