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      Structural ambiguity and optionality of agreement patterns in Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian conjunct agreement

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          The paper deals with conjunct agreement and addresses the question whether the choice of agreement patterns with conjoined subjects is determined by the underlying syntactic structure. We focus on so-called bare conjunction with a shared adnominal item (modifier or determiner) which agrees only with the first conjunct, in particular on the split interpretation of this construction. Since this type of conjunction allows the adnominal item only to agree with the first conjunct, even though it structurally dominates the entire conjunction, we hypothesize that it also yields first conjunct agreement on the verb. We report and discuss the results of a production experiment that tests this hypothesis and confirms its predictions.

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                Contributors
                Journal
                2397-1835
                Glossa: a journal of general linguistics
                Ubiquity Press
                2397-1835
                09 January 2019
                2019
                : 4
                : 1
                Affiliations
                [1 ]University of Niš, Ćirila i Metodija, Niš, RS
                [2 ]University of Graz, Merangasse, Graz, AT
                Article
                10.5334/gjgl.582
                6197a245-6afb-48c7-9d56-6e643ff8919f
                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
                production experiment,Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian,structural ambiguity,bare nominal conjunction,conjunct agreement

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