Agreement: An investigation into the distribution of information

Agreement Workshop

The Agreement Workshop was held 16-17 September 2000 in conjunction with the Autumn Meeting of the Linguistics Association of Great Britain 2002 held UMIST, Manchester, UK.The workshop was sponsored by the ESRC and the LAGB.

The aim of the workshop was to disseminate the results from the ESRC project 'Agreement: An investigation into the distribution of information' carried out by Greville Corbett, Dunstan Brown, Carole Tiberius, and Julia Barron at the University of Surrey.

The workshop included papers by the project consultants Nick Evans and Marianne Mithun, and further invited papers on agreement by Bernard Comrie, Maria Polinsky, and Anna Siewierska.


16 September, 2002

14.00-14.15 Welcome
14.15-15.00 Greville G. Corbett, Agreement: The range of the phenomenon
15.00-15.45 Marianne Mithun, Pronouns and agreement: The information status of pronominal affixes
15.45-16.15 Tea/coffee
16.15-17.00 Nick Evans, Typologies of agreement: Some problems from Kayardild
17.00-17.45 Anna Siewierska, Person agreement and the notion of morphological alignment
17.45-18.15 Discussion

17 September, 2002

9.00-9.30 Dunstan Brown & Carole Tiberius, Case study of agreement in Russian
9.30-10.15 Bernard Comrie, When agreement gets trigger-happy
10.15-10.45 Tea/coffee
10.45-11.30 Maria Polinsky, Non-canonical agreement is canonical
11.30-12.15 Greville G. Corbett, Dunstan Brown & Carole Tiberius, Results of the SMG Agreement project
12.15-12.45 Discussion
12.45-13.00 Close

Articles arising out of this workshop were published in a special issue of Transactions of the Philological Society:

Brown, Dunstan, Greville G. Corbett & Carole Tiberius (eds). 2003. Agreement: A typological perspective. Special issue of Transactions of the Philological Society 101, 2.

Project members

Prof Greville G. Corbett
Dr Dunstan Brown
Dr Andrew Hippisley
Dr Julia Barron
Dr Carole Tiberius 


Prof Nick Evans (University of Melbourne)
Prof Marianne Mithun (UC Santa Barbara)

Period of award:

September 1999 - October 2002


Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) - R000238228