Omnivorous Person, Number and Gender: The view from Mundari
Gurujegan Murugesan
January 2021

Mundari, an Astroasiatic language, spoken by the Mundari tribes belonging to the Jharkhand region of Indian subcontinent exhibits an omnivorous pattern for person, number and gender. This pattern is seen in the ditransitive construction when both indirect object and direct object compete for a single object marking slot in the verbal complex. The choice between them is determined by complex interplay of hierarchies of person (1>2>3) and number (SG>PL>DL) acting along with animacy based gender system. In order to give a derivational account of these scales and their interaction with each other, I propose an analysis that appeals to clitic doubling as an instance of head movement that necessarily involves prior syntactic agreement (Preminger 2019) and an articulated nature of probe that agrees with a goal for certain specific features (BĂ©jar and Rezac 2003).
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Published in: Ms. Indira Gandhi National Tribal University [comments welcome]
keywords: person, number, gender, hierarchy, omnivorous, clitic, mundari, syntax
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