Argument Licensing and Agreement (Oxford Studies in by Claire Halpert

By Claire Halpert

The strikingly unrestricted syntactic distribution of nouns in lots of Bantu languages usually results in proposals that syntactic case doesn't play an energetic function within the grammar of Bantu. This ebook bargains a unique end that the root of Zulu that Bantu languages haven't just a approach of structural case, but in addition a posh procedure of morphological case that's equivalent to platforms present in languages like Icelandic. through evaluating the procedure of argument licensing present in Zulu to these present in extra wide-spread languages, Halpert introduces a couple of insights onto the association of the grammar.

First, whereas this publication argues in desire of a case-licensing research of Zulu, it locates the positions the place case is assigned reduce within the clause than what's present in nominative-accusative languages. additionally, Zulu indicates proof that case and contract are distinctive operations within the language, positioned on diversified heads and working independently of one another. regardless of those unfamiliarities, there's facts that the timing relationships among operations replicate these present in different languages. moment, this publication proposes a singular kind of morphological case that serves to masks many structural licensing results in Zulu; the results of this example are surprising, Halpert argues that its lifestyles is anticipated given the present typological photo of case. eventually, this e-book explores the implications of case and contract as dissociated operations, displaying that given this case, different strange homes of Bantu languages, corresponding to hyper-raising, are a traditional end result. This exploration yields the belief that a few of the more odd houses of Bantu languages actually consequence from small quantities of edition to deeply frequent syntactic ideas akin to case, contract, and the EPP.

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