June 2016. Guest Lecture, Anglistik Oberseminar, Georg-August Universität Göttingen.
The “Anaphor Agreement Effect” (AAE) (Rizzi, 1990; Woolford, 1999) is the observation that, overwhelmingly across languages, anaphors cannot trigger “regular” (i.e. φ-covarying) agreement. Languages employ various parametrized strategies to avoid a violation of the AAE. Here, I will report on a new type of AAE from Tamil. On the one hand, this data adds further support to the AAE as a theoretical principle. I will also suggest that our current understanding of the AAE as a descriptive principle needs to be updated in light of the new strategy that Tamil (and languages like it, though I’ve only found one other, so far!) employs.
Towards the end,I will explore the idea of how the current proposal might be a challenge for Baker (2008)’s SCOPA (Syntactic Conditions On Person Agreement).