Restricted number and stubborn dative: Long-distance agreement across Basque nominalised complement clauses
Iva Kovač
September 2021
 

In varieties of Basque, objects embedded into absolutive- and dative-marked nominalised complement clauses can enter a long-distance agreement relation with the matrix auxiliary. The observed patterns are derived from the featural specifications and probing characteristics of different types of matrix probes: absolutive clauses appear opaquer because they are targeted by a person and a number probe, the former restricting the range of possible goals for the latter, while dative clauses seem more transparent because they are targeted by an integral probe, which, as a consequence of its integrity, is ‘stubborn’, and able to penetrate domains inaccessible to single-feature absolutive probes.
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Reference: lingbuzz/006180
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Published in: To appear in: ConSOLE XXIX: Proceedings of the 29th Conference of the Student Organization of Linguistics in Europe
keywords: agreement, agree, long-distance agreement, basque, feature geometry, failed agreement, nominalised complement clauses, phase unlocking, person-number split, morphology, syntax
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