Agree to Agree: Agreement in the Minimalist Programme

Peter W. Smith   Johannes Mursell   Katharina Hartmann  


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



Peter W. Smith

Peter W. Smith is a Postdoctoral Researcher at Goethe University Frankfurt. His primary research topics are in morphology and syntax, and has worked in particular on the representation of grammatical features and the mechanics of agreement. His work has appeared in, amongst others, Natural Language and Linguistic Theory, Journal of Linguistics, Morphology and Glossa.

Johannes Mursell

Johannes Mursell is a PhD candidate at Goethe University Frankfurt. His research is focussed on the syntactic interaction of information structure and agreement.

Katharina Hartmann

Katharina Hartmann is a professor at Goethe University Frankfurt in Germany. Her main research interests are syntax and information structure. She has edited several books on these topics and published various articles in Natural Language & Linguistic Theory, The Linguistic Review, Glossa and Studia Linguistica.


February 14, 2020
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Smith, Peter W., Mursell, Johannes & Hartmann, Katharina (eds.). 2020. Agree to Agree: Agreement in the Minimalist Programme. (Open Generative Syntax 6). Berlin: Language Science Press. DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.3528036


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