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LINGUIST List 16.3455

Sat Dec 03 2005

Diss: Morphology/Syntax: Sedighi: 'Subject-Predicate...'

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        1.    Anousha Sedighi, Subject-Predicate Agreement Restrictions in Persian

Message 1: Subject-Predicate Agreement Restrictions in Persian
Date: 02-Dec-2005
From: Anousha Sedighi <sedighipdx.edu>
Subject: Subject-Predicate Agreement Restrictions in Persian

Institution: University of Ottawa
Program: Department of Linguistics
Dissertation Status: Completed
Degree Date: 2005

Author: Anousha Sedighi

Dissertation Title: Subject-Predicate Agreement Restrictions in Persian

Linguistic Field(s): Morphology

Subject Language(s): Farsi, Western (pes)

Dissertation Director:
MarĂ­a Luisa Rivero

Dissertation Abstract:

This work investigates two distinct constructions which appear to induce a
constraint on verbal agreement. The first construction involves inanimate
plural subjects and verbs appearing in third person singular/default
morphology. Adopting the framework of Distributed Morphology which has
recently been used as a key to capturing several agreement restrictions in
languages, I propose that the restriction caused by Animacy in Persian
resides in post-syntactic morphology through an impoverishment operation.
The second construction I study contains Psychological predicates which
have not been entirely explored from the point of view of Psychological
Constructions in the previous literature. The nominative experiencer does
not induce agreement on the verb and the verb appears in third person
singular, which provides evidence for separation of agreement and
Nominative case assignment. I argue that the lack of verbal agreement in
Persian Psychological constructions is only apparent and I provide evidence
to show that they do not involve compound verbs. I propose that these
constructions have a Tense requirement and involve applied arguments. The
experiencer is licensed by a Super High Applicative head which takes a TP
(a sentential predication/full proposition) as complement. Furthermore, I
propose that the Super High Applicative phrase is a strong phase, a new
category to be added to the set of strong phases proposed by Chomsky 1999-2004.

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