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Case: Its Principles and its Parameters [Paperback]

Item : Case: Its Principles and its Parameters [Paperback]
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Author Author : Baker, Mark
ISBN-10 ISBN-10 : 1107690099
ISBN-13 ISBN-13 : 9781107690097
Publisher Publisher : Cambridge University Press
Pages Pages : 354
Binding Binding : Paperback
Item ID : 100055492

This book develops a unified theory of structural case and applies it to data from more than twenty unrelated languages.In Case, Mark Baker presents a unified theory of morphological case, one of the most important ways that languages indicate a noun phrase's function in a sentence. It includes the first full-length study of dependent case assignment. The ideas are richly illustrated with data from more than twenty unrelated languages.In Case, Mark Baker presents a unified theory of morphological case, one of the most important ways that languages indicate a noun phrase's function in a sentence. It includes the first full-length study of dependent case assignment. The ideas are richly illustrated with data from more than twenty unrelated languages.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.1. The issue of structural case; 2. The variable relationship of case and agreement; 3. C-command factors in case assignment; 4. Domains of dependent case assignment; 5. Categories involved in case interactions; 6. On the timing of case assignment; 7. Conclusion: putting together the big picture. Case is impressive in its breadth and scope, the variety of data surveyed, and thoughtful argumentation. As he has done throughout his career, Mark Baker once aglc~

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