Unorthodox Agreement in Turkish Copular Sentences

Seyyit Talha Bedir


Turkish verbs agree with the subject in almost all cases. The same goes for the copular adjectival or nominal structures. However, if a nominal predicate is 2nd or 1st person whereas the subject is 3rd person the agreement, the agreement takes place with the predicate instead of the subject. Some features had been proposed in order to account for the different behavior of the persons, most famous of which being Harley & Ritter’s (2002) three-way feature system. I will try to develop an economical argument using solely one feature: [ref]. It correctly explains some phenomena that previous feature-dependent accounts come short explaining. I will mostly build up on work of Ince & Aygen & Aydın (2015), spotting problems in their proposal and offering solutions.


Turkish copula; agreement; nominal copular sentences; predicate agreement

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