Verbal agreement in number in Iron Ossetic

2023. №6, 11-30

Danil A. Alekseev
Lomonosov Moscow State University, Moscow, Russia;


This paper describes variability in Ossetic predicate agreement in number with different kinds of semantically plural subjects. Drawing upon the materials available in Ossetic corpora, as well as elicitation data, I come to a number of conclusions which cannot be found in previous literature. Transitivity proves to be the most significant factor determining number agreement in Ossetic. Only intransitive predicates allow non-agreement in number, and non-agreeing subjects are required to satisfy the conditions of indefiniteness and syntactic focality.

For citation:

Alekseev D. A. Verbal agreement in number in Iron Ossetic. Voprosy Jazykoznanija, 2023, 6: 11–30.