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Is there a language which shows gender agreement in infinitives?

asked 2016-10-15 14:31:51 -0400

JanKat21 gravatar image

updated 2016-11-14 13:52:28 -0400

I am looking for a language which shows gender agreement and has inflected infinitives for a project discovering a very peculiar control phenomenon. In short, I am planning to discover which DP controls which infinitive in the following sentence: Peter persuaded Mary to be allowed to leave early. My research so far shows very interesting phenomena in subject-object control shift. It would be lovely to find a language with the above listed features.

Thanks is advance!

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answered 2016-10-21 09:44:56 -0400

ksteimel gravatar image

updated 2016-10-21 09:47:55 -0400

Swahili can have noun class markers (which are often likened to a grammatical gender system) on infinitives. However, this is only for objects so I don't think it can help resolve the control issues you're seeking to look into.

For example,

Ni-na-pend-a ku-ki-som-a

1s-pres-like-FV 15-7-read-FV

'I like to read it (7)'

The 'ki' noun class marker indicates that the thing read is in class 7 (kitabu, meaning book is in class 7).

However, there is still, presumably, subject control involving the first person singular marker 'ni'. Sorry

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