Kinjal Joshi

Optional Agreement and Information Structure in Surati Gujarati

Image may contain: chin, forehead.


In this talk, I present novel empirical evidence demonstrating optionality in agreement in Surati Gujarati (A language that belongs to the Indo-Aryan language family). Further, I establish a relationship between information structure and agreement relationship and propose that dative case is a dependent (structural) case in Surati Gujarati. To account for both case alternation and the information structure-agreement relationship in Surati Gujarati I propose an object shift analysis. To conclude, I raise a larger theoretical question on the status of A vs A-bar movement as I propose a focus-driven object movement analysis.

Published Aug. 29, 2019 11:05 AM - Last modified Sep. 17, 2019 3:40 PM