University of Pennsylvania Working Papers in Linguistics
This paper argues that universal concord is attested in Cantonese and offers a syntactic agreement account. The Cantonese verbal suffix -can is shown to be a concord element that requires the presence of a universal quantifier but it lacks inherent quantificational force. Drawing crucial evidence from minimality and locality, I propose that -can carries an uninterpretable universal feature that agrees with a genuine universal quantifier. Consequently, the empirical landscape of concord is extended to universal quantifiers. Moreover, this study also offers additional support for a syntactic approach to concord by exploring minimality effects, which have not received enough attention in the studies on concord.
"Universal Concord as Syntactic Agreement,"
University of Pennsylvania Working Papers in Linguistics: Vol. 28:
1, Article 25.
Available at: https://repository.upenn.edu/pwpl/vol28/iss1/25