formal theory

A set-based semantics for obviation and animacy

This paper provides a general analysis of the semantics of person, broadly construed, through a case study of Ojibwe (Central Algonquian). Ojibwe shows person-like distinctions based on whether an entity is living or non-living (i.e. animacy), and, …

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

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, …

A verb raising analysis of the Ojibwe VOS/VSO alternation: Lessons for feature copying and movement

This paper explores patterns of agreement and word order in the Central Algonquian language Border Lakes Ojibwe. This variety of Ojibwe shows alternations between VOS and VSO word orders and complex interactions between probes on v, Voice, Infl, and …

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

Deriving person-based prominence effects: A set-based theory of AGREE

In this talk, I argue for a new level of representation, _primitives_, which combine into sets and replace prominence scales and feature geometries in capturing person-based prominence effects in agreement. I argue this new theory has both a conceptual and empirical edge over previous accounts.

Person-based Prominence in Ojibwe

Limiting Gender

What 'other people' mean to 'us'