The Nominative & Accusative and their counterparts

ORCID logoKristin Davidse | University of Leuven
Béatrice Lamiroy | University of Leuven
ISBN 9789027228147 (Eur) | EUR 125.00
ISBN 9781588111821 (USA) | USD 188.00
ISBN 9789027297792 | EUR 125.00 | USD 188.00
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This volume is devoted to the central cases relating to the basic oppositions between subject-object and agent-patient, viz. nominative and accusative, as well as their counterparts such as ergative and absolutive. It aims at contributing to the typological investigation of these cases by providing descriptive studies of ten different languages, not only Romance and Germanic languages, but also Polish and Basque, as well as Cora, Warrwa and Ewe. These studies show that the formal devices used to mark the two nuclear cases may be quite diverse (including non-overt and ‘configurational’ coding), but that all the languages studied crucially display a subject-object asymmetry, even languages such as Basque and Ewe for which this had been questioned. One of the most striking subthemes to emerge from this collection is the complexity of the object-zone, both with regard to formal and functional diversity. Various studies in the volume also contribute reflections, couched mainly in broadly cognitive-functional terms, about the semantic function of the subject-object contrast and why it is so central across languages.
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“[...] a collection of extremely important papers that will certainly enrich the current discussion of grammatical relations. Most likely, the book will motivate researches to study features of accusativity to the same extent as has been done in the past with respect to ergative features.”

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CF: Linguistics

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LAN009000: LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
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U.S. Library of Congress Control Number:  2002019024 | Marc record