9780521014915

Case

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  • ISBN13:

    9780521014915

  • ISBN10:

    0521014913

  • Edition: 2nd
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2001-10-08
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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Summary

Case is an accessible introduction for students of linguistics to the ways relations between words in sentences are marked in languages. Case is fundamental to the whole system of language. One of its most interesting features is the recurrence of apparently idiosyncratic patterns and devices in otherwise unrelated languages. This book picks out these recurring strategies and explores their significance. It provides the background against which the case-marking of particular languages can be best understood. In this revised edition, Blake refines and expands on his discussions of the most important concepts in the study of case, taking into account recent developments in the field. It incorporates significant additions to the data and includes a thoroughly revised section on abstract case in the Chomskyan paradigm.

Table of Contents

List of figures
ix
List of tables
x
Preface to the Second Edition xiii
Preface to the First Edition xv
List of abbreviations
xviii
Overview
1(17)
Inflectional case
1(6)
Other manifestations
7(5)
Competing mechanisms
12(6)
Problems in describing case systems
18(29)
The traditional analysis
18(1)
Distinguishing cases
19(10)
Meanings and functions
29(18)
Modern approaches to case
47(46)
Introduction
47(1)
Grammatical relations
48(9)
Abstract case
57(5)
Semantic roles and grammatical relations
62(24)
Hierarchies
86(7)
Distribution of case marking
93(25)
Introduction
93(1)
Within the clause
93(3)
Within the noun phrase
96(8)
Within the word
104(5)
Within the subordinate clause
109(9)
Survey of case marking
118(43)
Introduction
118(1)
Organisation of the core
118(24)
Dative
142(7)
Genitive
149(2)
Partitive
151(1)
Local cases
151(3)
Other cases
154(1)
Inflectional case hierarchy
155(6)
Life cycle of case systems
161(23)
Origin
161(6)
Developments within case systems
167(8)
Loss of case marking
175(5)
Derived functions of case marking
180(3)
Finale
183(1)
Notes 184(11)
Guide to terminology 195(12)
Guide to further reading 207(1)
References 208(11)
Author index 219(3)
Language index 222(3)
Subject index 225

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