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Case (Cambridge Studies in Linguistics)

Case (Cambridge Studies in Linguistics)

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Mark Baker
Cambridge University Press, 2/19/2015
EAN 9781107690097, ISBN10: 1107690099

Paperback, 354 pages, 22.8 x 15.2 x 2 cm
Language: English

In Case, Mark Baker develops a unified theory of how the morphological case marking of noun phrases is determined by syntactic structure. Designed to work well for languages of all alignment types - accusative, ergative, tripartite, marked nominative, or marked absolutive - this theory has been developed and tested against unrelated languages of each type, and more than twenty non-Indo-European languages are considered in depth. While affirming that case can be assigned to noun phrases by function words under agreement, the theory also develops in detail a second mode of case assignment: so-called dependent case. Suitable for academic researchers and students, the book employs formal-generative concepts yet remains clear and accessible for a general linguistics readership.

1. The issue of structural case
2. The variable relationship of case and agreement
3. C-command factors in case assignment
4. Domains of dependent case assignment
5. Categories involved in case interactions
6. On the timing of case assignment
7. Conclusion
putting together the big picture.