Agreement, Pronominal Clitics and Negation in Tamazight by Hamid Ouali

By Hamid Ouali

This publication provides a learn of varied vital points of Tamazight Berber syntax in the generative culture. >

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By Hamid Ouali

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Tarifit, from Elouazizi 2005: 5) Following Ouhalla (2005b), Elouazizi (2005) then concludes that the position where the verb resides cannot be T and therefore eliminates option (b) as a possible derivation. However, these facts do not seem as decisive as Elouazizi (2005) might suggest. Having an overt T and a set of clitics Agreement, Pronominal Clitics and Negation 40 preceding the verb does suggest that the verb is not in T, yet it does entail that it never moves there if there are no overt tense elements in the sentence.

Following Chomsky (2005), the "third factor" in "language design" is a set of general principles of efficient computation. Agree, to the extent that it is a computationally efficient operation, holds for any form of agreement. When this operation is inhibited, the suppression effects are uniformly displayed across all the seemingly disparate empirical domains within which it usually applies. PER woman "The woman saw the boy" arba boy The verb is fully inflected for subject-verb agreement. Given the DbP approach adopted here, I argue that this agreement is obtained as a result of Agree between T and the subject DP as schematized below (Note that since we have not discussed clause structure in Tamazight Berber yet (see Chapter 3) I omit a number of details not relevant to the present illustration).

This brings us to the definition of Active: (28) Active For a goal to be active (accessible to a probe), it must have some [-interpretable] feature of its own still unchecked. For instance, for a DP to be accessible to tfJ /T 0, the Case feature of the DP must be unchecked. When a "functional" category that bears [-lilterpretable] features, for example T"[-I q>-feature•l' is merged in the derivation, it acts as a probe, and "searches" for an "active" goal in its c-command domain, for example the subject DP which bears [+lilterpretable] c:p-features but a [-I] Nominative Case feature.

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