Agreement in Magahi Complex Predicate

Nilu Rakesh, Rajesh Kumar


Verb carries a lot of information along with the information about agreement. Suffixes attached to verbs demonstrate the information about agreement. This paper focuses on complex predicate, which takes two elements but function as a single verbal unit. The paper shows how agreement which is a universal phenomenon of language interacts with complex predicate. Since complex predicate is a single verbal unit, agreement does not discriminate between simple verb and complex predicate. Agreement in Magahi has unique features in the sense that case markers are opaque in agreement system. The role of addressee component and honorific and non-honorific factor attached to listener/speaker play an important role in agreement between argument and light verb of complex predicate. Magahi negotiates its agreement in terms of person and honorificity.

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