Case, Valency and Transitivity

| Leiden University
| Radboud University Nijmegen
| Radboud University Nijmegen
ISBN 9789027230874 | EUR 145.00 | USD 218.00
ISBN 9789027293114 | EUR 145.00 | USD 218.00
The three concepts of case, valency and transitivity belong to the most discussed topics of modern linguistics. On the one hand, they are crucially connected with morphological aspects of the clause, including case marking, person agreement and voice. On the other hand, they are related to several semantic issues such as the meaning of case, semantico-syntactic verbal classes, and the semantic correlates of transitivity. The volume unifies papers written within different theoretical frameworks and representing variegated approaches (Optimality Theory, Government and Binding, various versions of the Functional approach, Cross-linguistic and Typological analyses), containing both numerous new findings in individual languages and valuable observations and generalizations related to case, valency and transitivity.
[Studies in Language Companion Series, 77]  2006.  xx, 503 pp.
Publishing status: Available
Table of Contents
Part I. Morphological case
Syntactic vs. morphological case: Implications for morphosyntax
Andrew Spencer
Case systems in a diachronic perspective: A typological sketch
Leonid Kulikov
Emergence of morphological cases in South Mande: From the amorphous type to inflectional?
Valentin Vydrin
Issues of morphological ergativity in the Tsimshian languages: Agreement, determiners and the reconstruction of case
Tyler Peterson
Direction marking and case in Menominee
Jochen Trommer
Part II. Case-marking and transitivity
A. Syntax of case
Bare and prepositional differential case marking: The exotic case of German (and Icelandic) among all of Germanic
Werner Abraham
Control infinitives and case in Germanic: ‘Performance error’ or marginally acceptable constructions?
Jóhanna Barðdal and Thórhallur Eythórsson
Experiencer coding in Nakh-Daghestanian
Dmitry Ganenkov
‘Argument sharing’ in Oriya serial verb constructions
Kalyanamalini Sahoo
B. Case interpretation
Two approaches to specificity
Lars Johanson
Case markedness
Peter de Swart
Incremental distinguishability of subject and object
Helen de Hoop and Monique Lamers
C. Case and the typology of transitivity
The woman showed the baby to her sister: On resolving humanness-driven ambiguity in ditransitives
Seppo Kittilä
Case semantics and the agent-patient opposition
Åshild Næss
Transitivity parameters and transitivity alternations: Constraining co-variation
Andrej L. Malchukov
Transitivity in Songhay
Julia Galiamina
Part III. Transitivity and valency change
Syntactic valence, information structure, and passive constructions in Kaqchikel
George Aaron Broadwell
A very active passive: Functional similarities between passive and causative in Balkar
Ekaterina Lyutikova and Anastasia Bonch-Osmolovskaya
Case marking, possession and syntactic hierarchies in Khakas causative constructions in comparison with other Turkic languages
Alexander Letuchiy
Transitivity increase markers interacting with verbs semantics: Evidence from Finno-Ugric languages
Elena Kalinina, Dmitriy Kolomatskiy and Alexandra Sudobina
Extraversive transitivization in Yucatec Maya and the nature of the applicative
Christian Lehmann and Elisabeth Verhoeven
Language Index
Subject Index
“The volume ‘Case, Valency and Transitivity’ is a fine collection of papers by authors coming from different countries and belonging to different theoretical frameworks but sharing some fundamental assumptions on what case and transitivity are and how they work, even though these assumptions are often couched in quite different terminology and illustrated by very different data. The book is abundant in very interesting material from a whole array of languages, some of them quite ‘exotic’, and contains valuable contributions to language description, typology, and linguistic theory. The major outcome of this volume, besides the purely empirical one, consists, in my opinion, in clearly showing that the interaction and collaboration of linguists working on different aspects of a single notional domain and approaching it from divergent perspectives may be very fruitful.”
“Ce volume est la meilleure preuve que la typologie est en plein essor depuis quelques annees. En apportant regulierement de nouveaux faits sur des langues peu ou mal etudiees, en proposant des theories explicatives qui suscitent la discussion, ce genre d'ouvrages contribue al'enrichissement de nos connaissances sur les mecanismes qui sont aI'reuvre dans l'expression des fonctions centrales.”
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