Agreement and Anti-Agreement in Berber: A Multiple-Feature Inheritance Account



This study proposes understanding Agreement and Anti-Agreement in Berber from Multi-Feature Inheritance (MFI) account following Branigan’s (2016) recent approach. The study aims to bridge a misunderstanding in the literature where it has been assumed that Feature Inheritance (FI) can only account for Agreement relations while Anti-agreement relations can only be established by a direct Agree between C as a probe and its goal. Under MFI, it can be argued that FI can account for all aspects of Agreement/Anti-agreement. The study, therefore, presents a unification of the three mechanisms proposed by Ouali (2008). The new approach is tested on data from Berber.


Linguistics; Phase Theory; Multiple Feature Inheritance

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