Case: Its principles and its parameters

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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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
PublisherCambridge University Press
Number of pages336
ISBN (Electronic)9781107295186
ISBN (Print)9781107055223
StatePublished - Jan 1 2015

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  • Social Sciences(all)


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