Arabic Conjunct-Sensitive Agreement and Primitive Operations

Bradley Larson

In some Arabic dialects pre-verbal coordinated subjects cause plural agreement on the verb while post-verbal ones cause either plural agreement or singular agreement. This paradigm has been addressed by Aoun, Benmamoun, and Sportiche (1994, 1999) and Munn (1999) to varying degrees of success. This reply offers an improvement on the previous analyses by utilizing the concept of decomposed merge (Hornstein 2009) whereby merge is reanalyzed as two suboperations. Previously unexplained cases that flaunt the paradigm are explained here by a decomposition of the extension condition (Chomsky 1995) and a derivational account of pronoun binding across coordination.