Minimalist Agreement

Agreement is a pervasive phenomenon in all natural languages. Depending on the definition of what an agreement is, it is either found in virtually every natural language we know, or at least in many languages. One way or another, it seems to be a central element of the system that supports our syntactic knowledge. Since the introduction of the Agree operation in Chomsky (2000), the concordance phenomena and the mechanism behind the agreement have attracted a great deal of attention in the minimalist literature and have received various theoretical treatments at different stages. Since then, many phenomena have been taken into account, involving dependencies between elements of syntax, including movement or not, for the use of Agree. The Agree mechanism thus provides a powerful tool for modeling dependencies between syntactic elements far beyond the φ functionality agreement. The articles gathered in this volume continue to study these topics and contribute to the ongoing debates around an agreement. The authors gathered in this book are internationally renowned experts in the field of agreement. In traditional grammar, finished assistants must match their subjects.

Since the finished auxiliaries (in the frame used here) occupy the TP head-T position and their subjects are spec-TP, a specific head relationship (between T and his identifier) has been agreed in previous work agreements. However, there are theoretical and empirical reasons for dubious agreements that involve a specific relationship to the head. From a theoretical point of view (as we have seen in paragraph 4.9), minimalist considerations lead to the conclusion that we should limit the scope of syntactic relationships used in linguistic description, perhaps limiting to the order of relationship c created by the merger. Johannes Mursell is a doctoral student at Goethe University in Frankfurt. His research focuses on the syntactic interaction of information structure and adequacy. Peter W. Smith is a post-doctor at Goethe University in Frankfurt. Its main research themes are morphology and syntax and have been particularly concerned with the presentation of grammatical characteristics and the mechanics of conformity. His work has been published in, among others, Natural Language and Linguistic Theory, Journal of Linguistics, Morphology and Glossa.

In this chapter, we examine the syntax of the agreement. We begin by describing Chomsky`s assertion in recent work that an agreement implies a relationship between a probe and a goal (although it should be noted that the target term is used in this chapter in a totally different way from that used to designate the thematic role than a certain type of argument with respect to its predicate in .7.5). We examine the nature of the agreement and show that nominal and null markings imply an agreement with T. Finally, we are studying the relationship between T`s [epp] functionality and the agreement, and we are looking at the consequences of these effects on control elements on the one hand, and the increase in infinitives on the other. Katharina Hartmann is a professor at Goethe University in Frankfurt. Its research priorities are syntax and information structure. She has published several books on these topics and has published various articles in Natural Language – Linguistic Theory, The Linguistic Review, Glossa and Studia Linguistica.

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