Indirect interaction of person & number in Ojibwe


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.

Proceedings of the 21st Workshop on STructure & Constituency in Languages of the Americas, University of British Columbia Working Papers in Linguistics 46