The Diachronic Typology of Non-Canonical Subjects
Ilja A. Seržant | University of Bergen
Leonid Kulikov | Ghent University
This volume is an important contribution to the diachrony of non-canonical subjects in a typological perspective. The questions addressed concern the internal mechanisms and triggers for various changes that non-canonical subjects undergo, ranging from semantic motivations to purely structural explanations. The discussion encompasses the whole life-cycle of non-canonical subjects: from their emergence out of non-subject arguments to their expansion, demise or canonicization, focusing primarily on syntactic changes and changes in case-marking. The volume offers a number of different case studies comprising such languages as Italian, Spanish, Old Norse and Russian as well as languages less studied in this context, such as Latin, Classical Armenian, Baltic languages and some East Caucasian languages. Typological generalizations in the form of recurrent developmental paths are offered on the basis of data presented in this volume and in the literature.
[Studies in Language Companion Series, 140] 2013. xxv, 364 pp.
Publishing status: Available
© John Benjamins Publishing Company
Table of Contents
List of contributors | pp. vii–viii
IntroductionIlja A. Seržant, Chiara Fedriani and Leonid Kulikov | pp. ix–xxvi
Part I. Rise of non-canonical subjects or subject-like obliques
Non selected dative arguments in Spanish anticausative constructions: Exploring subjecthoodOlga Fernández-Soriano and Amaya Mendikoetxea | pp. 3–34
The rise of animacy-based differential subject marking in DutchHelen de Hoop | pp. 35–54
The rise of oblique subjects in RussianHakyung Jung | pp. 55–72
Non-canonical subject marking: Genitive subjects in Classical ArmenianDaniel Kölligan | pp. 73–90
The rise of non-canonical subjects and semantic alignments in HindiAnnie Montaut | pp. 91–118
Part II. Historical changes in constructions with non-canonical subjects or subject-like obliques
Experiencers and psychological noun predicates: From Latin to ItalianMarina Benedetti | pp. 121–138
Between Finnic and Indo-European: Variation and change in the Estonian experiencer-object constructionLiina Lindström | pp. 139–162
On the historical expansion of non-canonically marked ‘subjects’ in SpanishChantal Melis and Marcela Flores | pp. 163–184
Part III. From non-canonical subjects or subject-like obliques to canonical subjects
Subjects in ScandinavianJan Terje Faarlund | pp. 187–202
The me pudet construction in the history of Latin: why and how fast non-canonical subjects come and goChiara Fedriani | pp. 203–230
Diachrony of experiencer subject marking: Evidence from East CaucasianDmitry Ganenkov | pp. 231–256
Obliqueness, quasi-subjects and transitivity in Baltic and SlavonicAxel Holvoet | pp. 257–282
Rise of canonical subjecthoodIlja A. Seržant | pp. 283–310
The diachronic typology of non-canonical subjects and subject-like obliquesIlja A. Seržant | pp. 313–360
Language index | pp. 361–362
Subject index | pp. 363–364
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BIC Subject: CFK – Grammar, syntax
BISAC Subject: LAN009000 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
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