Number Agreement Between Verb and Coordinated Subject

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Park, SangHee
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Seoul National University Department of English Language and Literature
SNU Working Papers in English Language and Linguistics 6, 68-77
number agreementand-coordinationNPconjunctssemantic properties
Agreement phenomena have been considered as one of the most problematic areas in syntax. While this is an indisputable fact, processing-based strategic account (Morgan 1972, Reis 1974, Corbett 1991, Peterson 1986; 2004) has also failed to capture a general fact about the number agreement between verb and coordinated subject. Limiting the discussion to and coordinated NP subjects, this paper discovers that the grammatical number of conjuncts and that of the coordinated NP are correlated: the verb agrees with its coordinated subject as if it is a single plural noun. It is further proposed that semantic properties of the conjuncts also operates on deciding the number of the NP coordination Thus, singular agreement is licensed if the coordination contains singular conjuncts which can be merged into a single semantic property.
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College of Humanities (인문대학)English Language and Literature (영어영문학과)SNU working papers in English language and linguisticsSNU working papers in English language and linguistics Vol.06 (2007)
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