Person Hierarchy Interactions in Syntax

  • Milan RezacEmail author
Part of the Studies in Natural Language and Linguistic Theory book series (SNLT, volume 81)


Chapter 3 uses the modular signature of syntax to show that some phi-agreement dependencies belong to syntax rather than realizational morphology. They are interactions between the transitive subject and object according to their person features, or person (hierarchy) interactions, in Algonquian, Mapudungun, and Arizona Tewa. The key finding is that the interactions are visible to other syntactico-semantic phenomena, unlike the morphological phenomena of Chapter 2. Other aspects of their ‘modular signature’ agree, notably operation across phrase-structurally unbounded domains. The person interaction of Arizona Tewa introduces the notion of a syntactic repair of a person (hierarchy) constraint for the subsequent chapters: the emergence of an otherwise unavailable syntactic structure in response to the impossibility of the regular one by a person constraint.


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  1. 1.Université de Paris 8Saint Denis CedexFrance

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