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Restrictiveness in Case Theory

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Part of Cambridge Studies in Linguistics

  • Date Published: June 2006
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521026550

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  • Henry Smith develops a theory of syntactic case and examines its synchronic and diachronic consequences. Within a unification-based framework, he draws out pervasive patterns in the relationship between morphosyntax "linking" and grammatical function. Beginning with a detailed study of dative substitution in Icelandic, the author moves on to examine a wide array of synchronic and diachronic data and to construct a typology of case.

    • Proposes original theory of syntactic case
    • One of the first published accounts of 'linking theory'
    • Looks at morphological case-marking and also at way in which the patterns described may change over time
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    • Date Published: June 2006
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521026550
    • length: 344 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 20 mm
    • weight: 0.51kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Acknowledgements
    1. Introduction
    2. Argument case and case alternations
    3. A typology of case systems
    4. Linker interactions
    5. Icelandic
    6. Changes in linking
    7. Case semi-preservation
    8. Conclusions
    Notes
    References
    Index.

  • Author

    Henry Smith, Yale University, Connecticut

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