Chapter published in:Information Structure in Lesser-described Languages: Studies in prosody and syntax
Edited by Evangelia Adamou, Katharina Haude and Martine Vanhove
[Studies in Language Companion Series 199] 2018
► pp. 195–216
Focus marking and differential argument marking
The emergence of bidirectional case marking in Wan
Wan makes use of a bidirectional case marker that does not attach to either the subject or the object but serves to separate core arguments that would otherwise be adjacent. The use of this optional marker depends on factors that are known to condition alignment splits in other languages (such as pronominality). Bidirectional case marking is but one strategy employed by speakers of Wan to avoid dispreferred combinations of adjacent subjects and objects. It is closely related to the marking of information structure: the same marker is also used to mark focus. The study presents an Optimality-Theoretic account of this relationship and draws parallels between the bidirectional case marking of Wan and systems of optional or pragmatic ergativity.
Published online: 02 August 2018
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