Agreement and verb types in Kutchi Gujarati

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This paper explores the &#966;-agreement system in Kutchi Gujarati, focusing on canonical transitive cases and on non-canonical cases involving psych predicates and modal auxiliaries. Based on the agreement pattern in the future perfect, we argue that &#966;-agreement in Kutchi Gujarati involves two agreement probes, a higher (number/person) probe in <i>T</i>, and a lower (gender/number) probe in the <i>v/Asp</i> area. After showing how such a system derives the split-ergative agreement pattern in canonical transitive constructions (Section 2), we extend our analysis to other types of verbs, specifically to psych predicates (such as <i>gam </i>‘like’) and to constructions that involve modal auxiliaries (such as <i>par </i>‘have to’), both of which require a dative-marked subject (Section 3).


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