Agreement alternations and functional licensing in Selayarese

Susana Béjar

Abstract


This paper examines agreement patterns in Selayarese. It is argued that only verbs whose objects are headed by functional projections (DP, CP) are truly transitive. Verbs with indefinite NPs therefore behave as though they were intransitive. Selayarese exhibits agreement alternations which correlate with transitivity and also with argument extraction. An analysis is suggested which derives the agreement alternations from overt checking patterns in the computation.

Keywords


Selayarese; Transitivity; Intransitivity; Verb Agreement

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