Indirect interaction of person and number


The agreement paradigm of Ojibwe shows a complicated interdependence of person and number features. Bejar & Rezac 2009 and Preminger can't account for this interdependence, as the number and person probes are independently relativized in those systems. Instead of stipulating the interaction between person and number features, we show that it can be derived by an ordering of the number and person probes with movement to the specifier of the lower probe feeding agreement by the higher one. We'll show that this analysis extends naturally to other languages with complicated phi-feature interaction.

Presented at the 39th Generative Linguistics in the Old World, University of Göttingen, Germany.