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Baker, Mark (2006)


The paper argues for a representational difference between zero agreement affixes and the actual absence of agreement affixes. This is justified with a systematic comparison between Mapudungun (a language argued to have zero agreement) where the absence of overt agreement has no consequences for the morphosyntax, and Kinande (a language with actual absence of agreement in certain cases) where presence and absence of overt agreement has a number of morphosyntactic effects. This difference is related to Baker's Polysynthesis Parameter which makes agreement (or other types of morphological marking) with verbal arguments obligatory in polysynthetic languages such as Mapudungun, but not in (technically) non-polysynthetic languages (such as Kinande). The parameter also makes it possible for the language learner to infer the presence of zero agreement affixes in polysynthetic languages since the setting of the parameter can be deduced from other morphosyntactic patterns of the language.

authorBaker, Mark
titleOn Zero Agreement and Polysynthesis. (eds.)
editorAckema, Peter and Brandt, Patrick and Schoorlemmer, Maike and Weerman, Fred
booktitleArguments and Agreement
publisherOxford: Oxford University Press


    author = {Baker, Mark},
    year = {2006},
    title = {On Zero Agreement and Polysynthesis. (eds.)},
    booktitle = {Arguments and Agreement},
    editor = {Ackema, Peter and Brandt, Patrick and Schoorlemmer, Maike and Weerman, Fred},
    publisher = {Oxford: Oxford University Press},
    pages = {289-320},
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