A Lexical Realizational Functional Grammar Analysis of Long-Distance Agreement in Ojibwe and Hindi-Urdu

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Turnbull, Samantha Riley Kimber




This thesis provides an analysis of the morphosyntactic phenomenon, long-distance agreement (LDA), using the emerging Lexical-Realizational Functional Grammar (LRFG) framework. This project aims to illustrate that LDA requires the application of LRFG to explain the feature distribution that has been interpreted as such. I look at two cases that have been described as LDA in Ojibwe and Hindi-Urdu, and argue that neither operation is LDA. In Ojibwe, I analyze feature mirroring between the matrix verb and embedded clause, and show that this is in fact anaphoric agreement with the topic of the antecedent, that is conditioned by the adjunct. In Hindi-Urdu, I illustrate that this apparent LDA is not occurring with a true embedded clause, and is therefore not cross-clausal. I build on a previous observation of LDA, and show that restructuring verbs create a complex predicate, and follows the rules of simple agreement.






Carleton University

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