A Grammar of Modern Telugu by B. Krishnamurti, J. P. L. Gwynn

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I argue that the prefix is not agreement in this sense. There are two main difficulties with analyzing the prefix as agreement. First, in a handful of situations the preverbal morpheme does not consist of material 34 Chapter 2 that is plausibly analyzed as agreement. One type of example involves the use of a full pronoun in place of the prefix. Only a subset of pronouns allow this possibility (lôntuwan ‘I’, kamoe ‘we (exclusive)’, gata ‘you’ (Asyik 1987, 274)). (62) Kamoe kamoe=prèh bak meulasah.

Handed-emph this if play guitar rock fast popular ni tuk . ” this grandpa ‘Grandpa (=you) is left-handed, grandpa. ’ (Koh 1990, 133) Goddard (2005, 19–20) describes a similar situation for Thai (where names are used to avoid pronouns), as do Kenesei et al. ritak ‘Your Grace’ in Egyptian Arabic. 26 These pronoun replacements may trigger the agreement expected of them in other contexts, or may appear with the agreement expected of the pronoun they replace; Corbett (2006) provides the examples in (69) from Tamil.

Let us develop an alternative. We need an analysis that allows the features of the prefix to be semantically interpretable, but not pronominal. The location of the prefix in Voice, where the external argument T-role is introduced but not yet saturated, provides for just such an analysis. I propose that the features modify the external argument position, but do not saturate it. Thus, for example, the Voice head morphologically realized as geuintroduces an external argument position, specifying that it bears an initiator T-role, bears third person features, and is of a rank higher than the speaker.

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