Long Distance Agreement in Hindi-Urdu

  • Rajesh Bhatt


This paper provides a new analysis of the phenomenon of Long Distance Agreement in Hindi-Urdu and argues for a dissociation between case and agreement. Long Distance Agreement involves a verb agreeing with a constituent inside the verb’s clausal complement. Long Distance Agreement and Object Agreement in Hindi-Urdu are shown to involve the same structural configurations. They both involve a head (T0) agreeing with an argument whose case-features T0 does not value. In particular, it is argued the operation Agree of Chomsky (1998, 1999, 2001) needs to be reformulated to be able to handle the facts of Hindi-Urdu Long Distance Agreement. The analysis is largely motivated on the basis of evidence from Hindi-Urdu but is shown to extend to the Long Distance Agreement facts of Tsez (Polinsky and Potsdam 2001) and Kashmiri (Subbarao and Munshi 2000).


Artificial Intelligence Structural Configuration Clausal Complement Agreement Fact Object Agreement 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of LinguisticsUniversity of Massachusetts at Amherst South CollegeAmherst

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