Investigation of Slovenian copular agreement
Franc Lanko Marušič, Rok Zaucer
August 2020

This paper reports on a detailed investigation of agreement inside simple predicative sentences. In this type of sentence, both noun phrases are in the nominative, so in principle either one can trigger agreement on the copular verb. We examine various types of copular contructions and show that regardless of the type of predicative sentence, when a plural is combined with a singular, it is always the plural that agrees. Similarly, when a dual is combined with a singular, the dual wins out. But when we combine a dual and a plural, the copula can agree with either of the two noun phrases, with a preference for the noun phrase following the copula. We discuss the relevance of these findings for recent literature on predication.
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Reference: lingbuzz/005338
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Published in: Selected Proceedings of SLS 14, in Honor of Peter Kosta. Edited by Alan Timberlake and Steven Franks. Berlin: Peter Lang. Series Potsdamer Linguistic Investigations
keywords: slovenian, copular clauses, dual, syntax
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