Forthcoming: Agree to Agree: Agreement in the Minimalist Programme

Peter W. Smith   Katharina Hartmann   Johannes Mursell  


Agreement is a pervasive phenomenon across natural languages. Depending on one’s definition of what constitutes agreement, it is either found in virtually every natural language that we know of, or it is at least found in a great many. Either way, it seems to be a core part of the system that underpins our syntactic  knowledge. Since the introduction of the operation of Agree in Chomsky (2000), agreement phenomena and the mechanism that underlies agreement have garnered a lot of attention in the Minimalist literature and have received different theoretical treatments at different stages. Since then, many different phenomena  involving dependencies between elements in syntax, including movement or not, have been accounted for using Agree. The mechanism of Agree thus provides a powerful tool to model dependencies between syntactic elements far beyond φ-feature agreement. The articles collected in this volume further explore these topics  and contribute to the ongoing debates surrounding agreement. The authors gathered in this book are internationally reknown experts in the field of Agreement.


  • Some remarks on agreement within the Minimalist Programme
    Peter W. Smith, Johannes Mursell, Katharina Hartmann
  • Labeling, selection, and feature checking
    Hedde Zeijlstra
  • Concord and labeling
    Vicki Carstens
  • Object agreement and grammatical functions
    A re-evaluation
    Peter W. Smith
  • Opacity in agreement
    Laura Kalin
  • Distributed agreement in participial sandwiched configurations
    Franc Lanko Marušič, Andrew Nevins
  • The AWSOM correlation in comparative Bantu object marking
    Jenneke van der Wal
  • Agreement across the board
    Topic agreement in Ripano
    Roberta D’Alessandro
  • Long distance agreement and information structure
    Johannes Mursell
  • Long distance agreement and locality
    A reprojection approach
    Kristin Börjesson, Gereon Müller
  • Agree probes down
    Anaphoric feature valuation and phase reference
    Michael Diercks, Marjo van Koppen, Michael Putnam
  • The morphosyntax of allocutive agreement in Tamil
    Thomas McFadden
  • Distinct featural classes of anaphor in an enriched person system
    Sandhya Sundaresan
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