Within the typology of embedded pronouns, there are languages that allow for non–first person pronouns to apparently control first person agreement morphology when in certain embedded contexts. This type of agreement displays some degree of optionality: it is also possible for the pronoun to control the expected agreement morphology given the pronoun’s own overt morphological features. This squib provides new data from the Dravidian language Telugu showing that when the embedded pronoun controls agreement on two separate targets, agreement may be uniform across the two targets or the two targets can mismatch in one direction, but crucially not the other. I show how this paradigm can be accounted for using the assumptions that the pronouns in question are similar to so-called hybrid nouns and that agreement features are restricted in principled ways.
Skip Nav Destination
November 15 2023
3/4 of a Monster: On Mixed Shifty Agreement in Telugu
In Special Collection: CogNet
Online ISSN: 1530-9150
Print ISSN: 0024-3892
© 2023 by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Attributions 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) license.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited. For a full description of the license, please visit https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/legalcode.
Linguistic Inquiry 1–15.
Troy Messick; 3/4 of a Monster: On Mixed Shifty Agreement in Telugu. Linguistic Inquiry 2023; doi: https://doi.org/10.1162/ling_a_00512
Download citation file: