Decoupling Agree operation

Bhatt, R., & Walkow, M. (n.d.). Locating agreement in grammar: an argument from agreement in conjunctions. Natural Language & Linguistic Theory, 1–63. doi:10.1007/s11049-013-9203-y
Bhatt & Walkow provide evidence from the Hindi-Urdu language where the conjoined DP (&P) in a subject position is resolved by agreement and features are valued; but left with an absence of agreement with conjoined objects.  The evidence would indicate that this is due to Agree essentially being a two step operation.  Instead of Agree being a check of the uninterpretable features and valuation, Agree is just resolving the uninterpretable features.  Then, this deactivates the Goal for valuation.  Thus, in these specific instances of Hindi-Urdu, the values are instantiated Phonological Form (PF) for these non-specified values.
Also of interest in this paper was Right Node Raising (RNR).
On the recommended reading list from the meeting:

Preminger, Omer. 2010. Failure to agree is not a failure: φ-agreement with post-verbal subjects in Hebrew. Linguistic Variation Yearbook 9:241–278.

Preminger, Omer. 2011. Agreement as a fallible operation. Doctoral Dissertation, MIT, Cambridge, MA.


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