Agreement stacking and topic oriented agreement: how to agree with adverbs, gerunds and prepositions
Roberta D'Alessandro
July 2017

Italo-Romance varieties exhibit a number of phenomena that are quite rare among Romance. Some varieties, for instance, have a dedicated gender marking on the finite verb, unlike any other Romance language. The same varieties also exhibit adverbial and prepositional agreement. Furthermore, whenever a topic is present in the clause it will trigger agreement: finite verbs, non-finite verbs (participles and gerunds), adverbs, as well as prepositions will show agreement with the topic. Topic-driven agreement, I argue, is due to two co-occurring causes: 1. the presence of an extra item, a φ-probe, in the lexical inventory of the language; 2. A special setup of this probe, which requires agreement with the topic. Comments/suggestions/questions are very welcome! Thanks!
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keywords: agreement, romance, topic, adverbs, gerunds, prepositions, morphology, syntax
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