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dc.contributor.advisor Sabine Iatridou, David Pesetsky and Norvin Richards. en_US
dc.contributor.author Preminger, Omer en_US
dc.contributor.other Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dept. of Linguistics and Philosophy. en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2012-01-11T20:18:24Z
dc.date.available 2012-01-11T20:18:24Z
dc.date.copyright 2011 en_US
dc.date.issued 2011 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1721.1/68196
dc.description Thesis (Ph. D.)--Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Dept. of Linguistics and Philosophy, 2011. en_US
dc.description This electronic version was submitted by the student author. The certified thesis is available in the Institute Archives and Special Collections. en_US
dc.description Cataloged from student submitted PDF version of thesis. en_US
dc.description Includes bibliographical references (p. 195-207). en_US
dc.description.abstract In this thesis, I argue that the obligatory nature of agreement in [phi]-features (henceforth, [phi]-agreement) cannot be captured by appealing to "derivational time-bombs"-elements of the initial representation that cannot be part of a well-formed, end-of-the-derivation structure, and which are eliminated by the application of [phi]-agreement itself (as in Chomsky's 2000, 2001 uninterpretable features approach, for example). Instead, it requires recourse to an operation- one whose invocation is obligatory, but whose successful culmination is not enforced by the grammar. I then discuss the implications of this conclusion for the analysis of defective intervention by dative nominals. These results lead to a novel view of the interaction of '-agreement with case, furnishing an argument that both '-agreement and so-called "morphological case" must be computed within the syntactic component of the grammar. Finally, I survey other domains where the same operations-based logic proves well-suited to model the empirical state of affairs; these include Object Shift, the Definiteness Effect, and long-distance wh-movement. The thesis examines data from the Kichean languages of the Mayan family (primarily from Kaqchikel), as well as from Basque, Icelandic, and French. en_US
dc.description.statementofresponsibility by Omer Preminger. en_US
dc.format.extent 207 p. en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher Massachusetts Institute of Technology en_US
dc.rights M.I.T. theses are protected by copyright. They may be viewed from this source for any purpose, but reproduction or distribution in any format is prohibited without written permission. See provided URL for inquiries about permission. en_US
dc.rights.uri http://dspace.mit.edu/handle/1721.1/7582 en_US
dc.subject Linguistics and Philosophy. en_US
dc.title Agreement as a fallible operation en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.description.degree Ph.D. en_US
dc.contributor.department Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dept. of Linguistics and Philosophy. en_US
dc.identifier.oclc 770757548 en_US


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