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Ranko Matasović, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Zagreb

DOI: https://doi.org/10.22210/suvlin.2017.084.02

 

ABSTRACT

 

This paper presents a sketch of a theory of agreement within the framework of Role and 
Reference Grammar and proposes an implicational universal that can be formulated rather 
elegantly due to RRG’s conception of the layered structure of the clause. It is argued 
that, in the RRG framework, controllers of agreement are always elements represented 
in the Constituent Projection, while targets of agreement may be represented both in the 
Constituent Projection and in the Operator Projection. On the basis of a sample of 300 
languages, we propose an implicational universal stating that languages cannot have agreement on operators, unless they also have agreement on syntactic elements represented 
on the constituent projection (the converse does not hold). This claim can be shown to 
have very few apparent counter–examples, and holds for both the domains of the NP (RP) 
and the Clause. It lends further support to the distinction between operator projection 
and constituent projection, which is one of the foundations of RRG’s approach to syntax.

 

KEYWORDS

agreement, Role and Reference Grammar, language typology, syntactic domains

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