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This Handbook provides a comprehensive account of current research on case and the morphological and syntactic phenomena associated with it. The semantic roles and grammatical relations indicated by case are fundamental to the whole system of language and have long been a central concern of descriptive and theoretical linguistics. The book opens with the editors' synoptic overview of the main lines of research in the field, which sets out the main issues, challenges, and debates. Some sixty scholars from all over the world then report on the state of play in theoretical, typological, diachronic, and psycholinguistic research. They assess cross-linguistic work on case and case-systems and evaluate a variety of theoretical approaches. They examine current issues and debates from historical, areal, socio-linguistic, and psycholinguistic perspectives. The final part of the book consists of a set of overviews of case systems representative of some of the world's major language families.

The book includes a detailed index and bibliography as well as copious cross-references. It will be of central interest to all scholars and advanced students of syntax and morphology as well as to those working in associated subjects in semantics, typology, and psycholinguistics.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199206476
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 1/15/2009
  • Series: Oxford Handbooks Series
  • Pages: 752
  • Product dimensions: 7.10 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 2.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Andrej Malchukov is a senior researcher at the Institute of Linguistic Studies (Russian Academy of Sciences, St-Petersburg), currently affiliated to Max Planck Institute of Evolutionary Anthropology (Leipzig). He is the editor, with Leonid Kulikov and Peter de Swart, of Case, Valency and Transitivity (Benjamins, 2006) and the author of Nominalization/Verbalization (Lincom, 2004)

Andrew Spencer is Professor of Linguistics at the University of Essex. He is the editor, with Arnold Zwicky, of The Handbook of Morphology (Blackwell, 1998) and the author of Phonology: Description and Analysis (Blackwell, 1996) and Morphological Theory (Blackwell, 1991).

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Table of Contents

Part I:
Introduction, Andrej Malchukov and Andrew Spencer
Part II: Theoretical Approaches to Case
1. History of the Research on Case, Barry Blake
2. Modern Approaches to Case: An Overview, Miriam Butt
3. Case in GB/Minimalism, Jonathan Bobaljik and Susan Wurmbrand
4. Case in Lexical-Functional grammar, Miriam Butt
5. The Case Tier: a Hierarchical Approach to Morphological Case, Joan Maling
6. Case in Optimality Theory, Helen de Hoop
7. Case in Role and Reference Grammar, Robert D. Van Valin, Jr.
8. Case in Localist Case Grammar, John Anderson
9. Case in Cognitive Grammar, Silvia Luraghi
10. Case in NSM: a Re-analysis of the Polish Dative, Anna Wierzbicka
11. Case in formal semantics, Helen de Hoop and Joost Zwarts
Part III: Morphology of Case
12. Case as a Morphological Phenomenon, Andrew Spencer
13. Case and Declensional Paradigm, James Blevins
14. Case Syncretism, Matthew Baerman
15. The Distribution of Case, Edith Moravcsik
16. Asymmetry in Case Marking: Nominal vs. Pronominal Systems, Oliver Iggesen
Part IV: Syntax of case
17. Case, Grammatical Relations, and Semantic Roles, Beatrice Primus
18. Syntactic Effects of Morphological Case, Ad Neeleman and Fred Weerman
19. Case and Alternative Strategies: word order and agreement marking, Anna Siewierskaword and Dik Bakker
20. Case Marking and Alignment, Balthasar Bickel and Johanna Nichols
21. Case and Voice, Masayoshi Shibatani
22. Differential Case Marking and Actancy Variations, Andrej Malchukov and Peter de Swart
23. Case and the Typology of Transitivity, Seppo Kittilä
Part V: Case in (psycho)linguistic disciplines
24. The Acquisition of Case, Sonja Eisenbeiss, Bhuvana Narasimhan, and Maria D. Voeikova
25. Case in Language Production, Alissa Melinger, Thomas Pechmann and Sandra Pappert
26. Case in Language Comprehension, Markus Bader and Monique Lamers
27. Case and Aphasia, Monique Lamers and Esther Ruigendijk
Part VI: Areal and diachronic issues
28. Evolution of Case Systems, Leonid Kulikov
29. Grammaticalization of Cases, Bernd Heine
30. Case in Decline, Johanna Barodal and Leonid Kulikov
31. The Geography of Case, Balthasar Bickel and Johanna Nichols
32. Case and Contact Linguistics, Lars Johanson
Part VI: Individual Cases: Cross-Linguistic Overviews
33. Terminology of Case, Martin Haspelmath
34. Case Polysemy, Andrej Malchukov and Heiko Narrog
35. Marked Nominatives, Christa König
36. Varieties of Accusative, Seppo Kittilä and Andrej Malchukov
37. Varieties of Ergative, Enrique Palancar
38. Varieties of Dative, Åshild Naess
39. Varieties of Genitive, Yury Lander
40. Varieties of Instrumental, Heiko Narrog
41. Varieties of Comitative, Thomas Stolz, Cornelia Stroh, and Aina Urdze
42. Spatial Cases, Denis Creissels
43. The Vocative - an Outlier Case, Michael Daniel and Andrew Spencer
44. Rare and 'Exotic' Cases, Andrej Malchukov
Part VIII: Sketches of Case Systems
45. Typology of Case Systems: Parameters of Variation, Andrej Malchukov and Andrew Spencer
46. Case Marking in Daghestanian: Limits of Elaboration, Michael Daniel and Dmitri Ganenkov
47. Poor (Two-Term) Case Systems: Limits of Neutralization, Petr Arkadjev
48. Case In Iranian: From Reducation and Loss to Innovation and Renewal, Don Stilo
49. From Synthetic to Analytic Case: Variation in South Slavic Dialects, Andrej Sobolev
50. Case in an African Language: Ik - How Defective a Case Can be, Christa König
51. Differential Case-marking of Arguments: Amharic, Mengistu Amberber
52. Case in an Australian Language: Distribution of Case and Multiple Case-Marking in Nyamal, Alan Dench
53. Case in an Austronesian language: Distinguishing Case Functions in Tukang Besi, Mark Donohue
54. Case in a Topic-Prominent Language: Pragmatic and Syntactic Functions of Cases in Japanese, Akio Ogawa
55. Case in Yukaghir Languages, Elena Maslova
56. Case Relations in Tlapanec, a Head-Marking Language, Søren Wichmann
57. 'Case Relations' in Lao, a Radically Isolating Language, Nick Enfield

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