Animacy hierarchy and case/agreement in Okinawan
Keywords:case, agreement, animacy, differential case-marking, Agreement Pa- rameter, Okinawan, Japanese, Old Japanese
In languages like Japanese and Okinawan, morphological evidence for agreement is scarce, which has led to the long-standing controversy as to its existence. In this article, I argue that while φ-agreement is not morphologically realized on the predicates in Okinawan, it is nevertheless indirectly detectable in the form of animacy agreement in differential case-marking.
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