Subject-Verb Agreement in Standard Arabic: A Minimalist Approach

Mohammed Al-Shorafat
The main concern of this paper is to investigate the phenomenon of subject-verb agreement in Standard Arabic (SA) within Chomsky's (1998, 1999, 2001) recent minimalist approach. In his approach, Chomsky claims that subject-verb agreement involves a relationship between a probe (P) and a local goal (G).He also maintains that syntactic operations proceed by phase. If this approach could provide a principled account of Subject-Verb agreement in SA, then this will lend empirical support for the
more » ... ersality of Chomsky's minimalist hypotheses. If not, then those hypotheses have to be modified in order to account for cross-linguistic language phenomena.