A set-based representation of person features: Consequences for AGREE

Abstract

This brief paper summarizes a new account of how person-animacy hierachy (PAH) effects and probe relativization should be modeled in theories of AGREE. The core proposal is to further decompose person features into sets of primitives including I, U, and O, and to formulate AGREE with respect to these primitives. I show that widely adopted theories based in the feature geometry have conceptual and empirical shortcomings: geometries stipulate rather than derive the observed entailments between features and underpredict the possible range of PAH effects.

Publication
Proceedings of NELS 51
Christopher M. Hammerly
Christopher M. Hammerly
Postdoctoral Fellow

My research interests include syntax and morphology, particularly the interface between our grammatical knowledge and processing abilities.

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