Intra-paradigmatic variation in Eleme verbal agreement
Bond, O. 2010, 'Intra-paradigmatic variation in Eleme verbal agreement' , Studies in Language, 34 (1) , pp. 1-35.
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Mismatches in the morphosyntactic features of controllers and targets in the Eleme (Ogonoid, Niger-Congo) participant reference system allow for a subject agreement paradigm in which the person of the grammatical subject is indicated by a verbal prefix, while plural number is marked by a suffix on different targets — either lexical verbs or auxiliaries — based on the person value of the controller. I examine the distribution of Eleme ‘Default Subject’ agreement affixes and the intra-paradigmatic asymmetry found between second-person plural and third-person plural subjects in Auxiliary Verb Constructions (AVC) and Serial Verb Constructions (SVC). I argue that the criteria by which the various agreement affixes select an appropriate morphological host can be modelled in terms of agreement prerequisites even when distributional variation is paradigm internal.
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|Schools:||Colleges and Schools > College of Arts & Social Sciences > School of Humanities, Languages & Social Sciences > Centre for Linguistics and Applied Linguistics|
|Journal or Publication Title:||Studies in Language|
|Publisher:||John Benjamins Publishing|
|Depositing User:||Dr. Oliver Bond|
|Date Deposited:||10 Nov 2011 11:38|
|Last Modified:||20 Aug 2013 17:17|
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