Case Its Principles and its Parameters


Case: Its Principles and its Parameters (Cambridge Studies in Linguistics, Book 146) by Mark Baker
English | 2015 | ISBN: 1107055229, 1107690099 | 356 pages | PDF | 2 MB
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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