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Volume 42, Issue 6


Hybrid agreement in English

Jong-Bok Kim
Published Online: 2005-07-27 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/ling.2004.42.6.1105


Most of the previous approaches to English agreement phenomena have relied upon only one component of the grammar (e.g. either syntax, or semantics, or pragmatics). This article argues that interrelationships among different grammatical components play crucial roles in such phenomena (cf. Kathol 1999 and Hudson 1999). The article proposes that, contrary to traditional wisdom, English determiner–noun agreement is morphosyntactic, whereas subject–verb and pronoun–antecedent agreement are reflections of index agreement (cf. Pollard and Sag 1994). The present hybrid analysis of English agreement shows the importance of the interaction of different components of the grammar in accounting for English agreement phenomena. In particular, once we allow morphology to tightly interact with the system of syntax, semantics, or even pragmatics, we could provide a solution to some puzzling English agreement phenomena. This allows a more principled theory of English agreement.

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Received: 2 July 2002

Revised: 20 May 2003

Published Online: 2005-07-27

Published in Print: 2004-09-13

Citation Information: Linguistics, Volume 42, Issue 6, Pages 1105–1128, ISSN (Online) 1613-396X, ISSN (Print) 0024-3949, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/ling.2004.42.6.1105.

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