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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.Read more
- 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
2. Argument case and case alternations
3. A typology of case systems
4. Linker interactions
6. Changes in linking
7. Case semi-preservation
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