The Distribution of Pronoun Case Forms in English

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This book offers an in-depth analysis of Modern English pronoun case. The author examines case trends in a wide range of syntactic constructions and concludes that case variation is confined to strong pronoun contexts. Data from a survey of 90 speakers provide new insights into the distributional differences between strong 1sg and non-1sg case forms and reveal systematic case variation within the speech of individuals as well as across speakers. The empirical findings suggest that morphological case is best treated as a PF phenomenon conditioned by semantic, syntactic, and phonological factors. In order to capture the way in which these linguistic factors interact to produce the pronoun case patterns exhibited by individual speakers, the author introduces a novel constraint-based approach to morphological case. Current case trends are also considered in a wider historical context and are related to a change in the licensing of structural arguments.
[Linguistik Aktuell/Linguistics Today, 82]  2005.  xii, 409 pp.
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Table of Contents
Acknowledgements
xi
Key to abbreviations
xii
Introduction
1
1. The history of the English case system
8
2. Formal approaches to case and the three case constraints
26
3. Case and the weak/strong distinction in the English pronoun system
65
4. The empirical survey
78
5. The survey results
101
6. Relative Positional Coding and the Invariant Strong Form constraints
148
7. Modelling the interaction of the constraints
178
8. The distribution of personal pronoun forms in other strong pronoun contexts
201
9. The distribution of wh-pronoun forms in Modern English
310
10. Speculations and conclusions
370
References
384
Name index
398
Subject index
402
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BIC Subject: CF – Linguistics
BISAC Subject: LAN009000 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
U.S. Library of Congress Control Number:  2005050763