This paper presents a model of inverse-marking as instantiated in the Nishnaabemwin (Algonquian) agreement system. A growing body of research analyzes languages with person hierarchy effects as complex systems of person agreement (e.g., Béjar and Rezac 2009, Lochbihler 2012, Oxford 2014, Preminger 2014, among many). The model proposed in this paper builds on Oxford (2014) and Preminger (2014) in analyzing Nishnaabemwin inverse-marking patterns as an agreement system in which two probes work together to license arguments. Though Nishnaabemwin inverse-marking reflects a complex form of object agreement in most cases, the morphosyntactic consequences of failed agreement show that, in some contexts, object agreement is overridden as a result of failed agreement.
Proceedings of the 34th West Coast Conference on Formal Linguistics
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