Case as an Anaphor Agreement Effect: Evidence from Inuktitut
Michelle Yuan
October 2020

The Anaphor Agreement Effect (AAE) is the cross-linguistic inability for anaphors to co-vary with phi-agreement (Rizzi 1990, Woolford 1999), with languages making use of a variety of strategies that conspire to circumvent this effect. In this short paper, I identify a novel AAE strategy found in Inuktitut (Inuit): anaphors in Inuktitut obligatorily bear oblique case, i.e. are lexically-specified as projecting additional syntactic structure spelled out as oblique case morphology. Because phi-agreement in Inuktitut can only index ERG and ABS arguments, encountering an oblique-marked anaphor inevitably leads to failed Agree. Despite being previously unattested, I propose that this is in fact a predicted pattern in the typological landscape of AAE strategies.
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keywords: case, agreement, anaphor agreement effect, syntax, inuktitut, inuit, syntax
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