Expanding Agreement Domains: Phase Unlocking in Georgian Agreement

This paper provides novel evidence for the claim that Agree can ‘unlock’ phases (Rackowski and Richards, 2005; Preminger, 2011; Van Urk and Richards, 2015). Once phasal boundaries are neutralized, subsequent agreement relations can be established with previously inaccessible arguments. The argument is based on the behaviour of finite agreement in Georgian—specifically, the distribution of the verbal plural marker -t.