TYPOLOGY OF AGREEMENT SYSTEMS

Author:
Diana Stolac
Summary
Theoretical and practical approaches to agreement in various languages can be found in the grammar books of the languages in question, and in numerous scientific and expert papers. Papers that compare agreement in two related languages, or within a particular language family, also deal with this topic. However, there are not many papers that offer a model for determining the agreement properties of all the languages that is based on clear theoretical foundations and a systematic methodology. Ranko Matasović’s An Areal Typology of Agreement Systems is precisely one such book. It was published in 2018 by the Cambridge University Press, a renowned publisher of scientific works. The book is the result of ten years of research. The book is divided into two parts: Theoretical Prerequisites and Empirical Results. It contains several lists (List of Figures, List of Maps, List of Tables and List of Abbreviations), indices (Language Index and Subject Index), a rich list of references consisting of some 400 bibliographic units (References), while the Appendix: Languages in the Database will be particularly useful for the readers. Since the analysis includes 300 languages, it is understandable that all the big languages are included, but also numerous small languages, which means that both those languages that have millions of speakers and those that have only tens of thousands are included.
Key words
agreement; concord;
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