A Case for Bare Accusatives in Hindi-Urdu

  • Sana Kidwai University of Cambridge


I propose and evaluate an Agree-based analysis of accusative allomorphy in Hindi-Urdu. Evidence for a bare accusative form comes from the grammaticality of bare objects in non-finite environments. I argue that accusative case is checked compositely by Voice and v. Subject case (nominative and ergative) is checked by Fin, T and Asp. I also argue that case and agreement must be dissociated in HU as T may agree with nominals it does not assign case to.