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      Complementizer agreement is not allomorphy: A reply to Weisser (2019)

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      Glossa: a journal of general linguistics
      Ubiquity Press
      Allomorphy, agreement, complementizer agreement

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          Weisser ( 2019) reanalyzes the Breton rannig, Busan Korean interrogative complementizer alternations, and West-Germanic complementizer agreement as allomorphy instead of agreement, and proposes a set of diagnostics to distinguish allomorphy from agreement. While the cases for Breton and Busan Korean are convincing and the results coherent, West-Germanic complementizer agreement diverges in several respects. In this squib, I review the three case studies and show that the argument for analyzing West-Germanic complementizer agreement as allomorphy does not hold up. In addition, I discuss three new data points on complementizer agreement that cannot be analyzed with a PF account. Accepting that complementizer agreement is not allomorphy allows us to revise the diagnostics to distinguish allomorphy from agreement to a stricter set.

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                Journal
                2397-1835
                Glossa: a journal of general linguistics
                Ubiquity Press
                2397-1835
                05 May 2020
                2020
                : 5
                : 1
                : 44
                Affiliations
                [1 ]Leiden University, Leiden, NL
                Article
                10.5334/gjgl.1069
                de2275da-8232-41d3-a550-9ee3ee5e33ed
                Copyright: © 2020 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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                : 15 August 2019
                : 14 February 2020
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                General linguistics,Linguistics & Semiotics
                complementizer agreement,agreement,Allomorphy
                General linguistics, Linguistics & Semiotics
                complementizer agreement, agreement, Allomorphy

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