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Turkic Non-Inflectional Plurals and Feature Bundling

Conference paper
Authors Elizabeth Coppock
Hyun-Jong Hahm
Stephen Wechsler
Published in Proceedings of the 8th Workshop on Altaic Formal Linguistics, edited by Umut Özge. Cambridge, MA: MIT Working Papers in Linguistics.
Pages 1-12
Publication year 2013
Published at Department of Philosophy, Linguistics and Theory of Science
Pages 1-12
Language en
Keywords morphology, syntax, agreement, plurals, Sakha, Turkish
Subject categories Linguistics, Turkic languages


We defend the bundling hypothesis for agreement, which entails that agreement on a target that contains person will always reflect the person feature of the controller. A putative counterexample to this hypothesis comes from Sakha exceptional case marking constructions, where verbs appear to agree in number with a raised accusative object while ignoring person. We argue that this case is not a genuine counterexample, however, because the agreement marker in question is not a person marker. Evidence for this comes from its distribution (optionality, co-occurrence with local persons), separate morphological expresssion from person, and history.

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