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Number Agreement Variation in Catalan Dialects

Gemma Rigau

in The Oxford Handbook of Comparative Syntax

Published in print October 2008 | ISBN: 9780195136517
Published online September 2012 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780195136517.013.0017

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Linguistics

 Number Agreement Variation in Catalan Dialects

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This article aims to show that certain parametric properties and their interaction with Universal Grammar principles allow us to differentiate between two main varieties of Catalan dialects. It suggests that the functional category tense is the locus of the parametric variation in number agreement in certain kinds of Catalan existential sentences. The article discusses the concord phenomenon in Catalan constructions and comments on the clitic climbing phenomenon in some deontic existential constructions with an infinitive clause.

Keywords: Catalan dialects; parametric properties; functional category; tense; number agreement; existential sentences; clitic climbing; concord phenomenon; infinitive clause

Article.  10025 words. 

Subjects: Linguistics ; Grammar, Syntax and Morphology ; Language Families

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