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Multiple Agreement, Concord and Case Checking in Bantu
Brent Henderson
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In compound tense constructions in some Bantu languages, each verb displays full agreement with the subject. Carstens (2001) argues that these clauses are raising constructions. However, this paper presents evidence from inversion in relative constructions that this is not the case. Instead, it is argued that participial verbs value their agreement features not with an Agree relation with the subject, but with a Concord relationship with the auxiliary verb and that only the auxiliary has an Agree relation with the subject.

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Selected Proceedings of the 36th Annual Conference on African Linguistics: Shifting the Center of Africanism in Language Politics and Economic Globalization
edited by Olaoba F. Arasanyin and Michael A. Pemberton
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