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dc.contributor.supervisor Oxford, William (Linguistics) en_US
dc.contributor.author Xu, Yadong
dc.date.accessioned 2016-09-12T22:19:38Z
dc.date.available 2016-09-12T22:19:38Z
dc.date.issued 2016
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1993/31695
dc.description.abstract This thesis investigates the patterning of the Algonquian “central agreement”, i.e. the primary person-number agreement marking, from a diachronic and comparative perspective. The central agreement patterns differ in the two orders: in the conjunct it is fusional and often portmanteau while in the independent it is discontinuous and non-portmanteau. In addition to these differences, there are also some commonalities, such as a pattern in which 1p consistently outranks 2p in both orders. This thesis shows that the differences between the two orders can be taken to reflect variation in the features of the syntactic probe and different morphological spell-out rules, while the shared properties follow from the underlying structure of φ-features. In particular, it is proposed that an additional person feature under the [plural] node causes first person plural to be privileged over second person plural in the competition among vocabulary items in post-syntactic spellout. en_US
dc.subject Algonquian en_US
dc.subject Linguistics en_US
dc.subject Agreement en_US
dc.subject Phi-features en_US
dc.subject Probe-Goal model en_US
dc.subject Fission en_US
dc.subject Activity Condition en_US
dc.title Feature competition in Algonquian agreement en_US
dc.degree.discipline Linguistics en_US
dc.contributor.examiningcommittee Ghomeshi, Jila (Linguistics) McGinnis-Archibald, Martha (University of Victoria) en_US
dc.degree.level Master of Arts (M.A.) en_US
dc.description.note October 2016 en_US


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