A set-based representation of person features: Consequences for AGREE
Christopher Hammerly
March 2021

This brief paper summarizes a new account of how person-animacy hierarchy (PAH) effects such as the person-case constraint (PCC) should be modeled in theories of AGREE. The core proposal is to further decompose person features into sets of primitives including I, U, and O, and to formulate AGREE with respect to these primitives. I show that widely adopted theories based in the feature geometry have conceptual and empirical shortcomings: geometries stipulate rather than derive the observed entailments between features and under-predict the possible range of relativized probes.
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Reference: lingbuzz/005873
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Published in: Proceedings of NELS 51
keywords: agree, features, agreement, pcc, person, feature geometry, person-animacy hierarchy, relativized probes, syntax
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