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Of Tops and Bottom: The Algebra of Person Case Constraints

Graf, Thomas

Abstract The Person Case Constraint blocks certain combinations of clitics and weak pronouns in a variety of languages. Out of the numerous logical possibilities, only four variants of the Person Case Constraint are attested. I show that these four variants form a natural class when viewed from an algebraic perspective grounded in feature geometry.

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@Misc{Graf13USCtalk,
  author    = {Graf, Thomas},
  title     = {Of Tops and Bottom: The Algebra of Person Case
          Constraints},
  year      = {2013},
  note      = {Slides of a talk given at the Souther California Students
          in Linguistics Conference 2013 (SCSiL 2013), January 18,
          University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA}
}

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