The Object Agreement Cycle

Elly van Gelderen

in The Linguistic Cycle

Published in print April 2011 | ISBN: 9780199756056
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199896882 | DOI:
The Object Agreement Cycle

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Independent object pronouns can attach to verbs to become dependent heads. They can subsequently be reanalyzed as agreement markers and disappear. This increase and decrease in head marking can be named the Object Cycle. The phenomenon is widely attested in the Afro-Asiatic, Austonesian, Athabascan, Bantu, Dravidian, Indo-European, and Uto-Aztecan language families. This chapter discusses examples from these and an explanation of the cycle in terms of Feature Economy.

Keywords: object; agreement; pronoun; animate; definite

Chapter.  14261 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Grammar, Syntax and Morphology

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