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      The Agreement Theta Generalization

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          In this paper, we propose a new generalization concerning the structural relationship between a head that agrees with a DP in φ-features and the predicate that assigns the (first) thematic role to that DP: the Agreement Theta Generalization (ATG). According to the ATG, configurations where the thematic-role assigner is located in a higher clause than the agreeing head are categorically excluded. We present empirical evidence for the ATG, discuss its analytical import, and show that this generalization bears directly on the proper modeling of syntactic agreement, as well as the prospects for reducing other syntactic (and syntacto-semantic) dependencies to the same underlying mechanism.

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                Contributors
                Journal
                2397-1835
                Glossa: a journal of general linguistics
                Ubiquity Press
                2397-1835
                29 August 2019
                2019
                : 4
                : 1
                Affiliations
                [1 ]University of Maryland, College Park, MD, US
                Article
                10.5334/gjgl.936
                2567c4eb-42f1-4219-8285-d9c9510fd1df
                Copyright: © 2019 The Author(s)

                This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (CC-BY 4.0), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited. See http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/.

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                General linguistics,Linguistics & Semiotics
                cross-clausal dependency,long-distance agreement,agreement,feature valuation,theta-role assignment

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