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Case: Its Principles and its Parameters (Cambridge Studies in Linguistics)

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  • ISBN-13: 9781107055223
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Release Date: Feb 19, 2015
  • Pages: 356 pages
  • Dimensions: 0.83 x 8.98 x 5.98 inches


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.

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