Chapter published in:Contrastive Studies in Verbal Valency
Edited by Lars Hellan, Andrej L. Malchukov and Michela Cennamo
[Linguistik Aktuell/Linguistics Today 237] 2017
► pp. 28–82
Multiple case binding – The principled underspecification of case exponency
This paper attempts to demonstrate that all current definitions of case are based on a case-phenomenology that is not prototypical of the grammatical category of case. We argue that a good, i.e. a functioning, grammatical category is – per definitionem – organized in paradigms. We claim that the systematic research of paradigmatic case (still undertaken under different labels such as differential object marking/DOM) paves the way to a definition of the grammatical category of case that might be able to replace the existing definitions of case that all are far from being consensual (see the Introduction of Malchukov & Spencer 2009). In addition, we claim that the force driving the alternation between an unmarked source case and a more marked goal alternant from inside one single case paradigm is the compensation for underspecification of the source exponency under the pressure of such grammatical meaning changes as (in)definiteness, grammatical person, and aspectual specification.
Published online: 30 April 2017
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