Universal concord as syntactic agreement
Ka-Fai Yip
October 2021

This paper argues that universal concord is attested in Cantonese and offers a syntactic agreement account. The Cantonese verbal suffix "-can" is shown to be a concord element that requires the presence of a universal quantifier but it lacks inherent quantificational force. Drawing crucial evidence from minimality and locality, I propose that "-can" carries an uninterpretable universal feature that agrees with a genuine universal quantifier. Consequently, the empirical landscape of concord is extended to universal quantifiers. Moreover, this study also offers additional support for a syntactic approach to concord by exploring minimality effects, which have not received enough attention in the studies on concord.
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Reference: lingbuzz/006299
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Published in: To appear in UPenn Working Papers in Linguistics
keywords: concord, agree, universal quantification, minimality/intervention, locality, cantonese, semantics, syntax
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