Grammatical Relations and their Non-Canonical Encoding in Baltic
Axel Holvoet | University of Warsaw & Vilnius University
Nicole Nau | Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan & Vilnius University
This is the first of three volumes dealing with clausal architecture, grammatical relations, case-marking and the syntax–semantics interface in Baltic. It focuses on the grammatical relations of subject and object and the viability of these notions in languages like Lithuanian and Latvian, which have a rich case morphology and show many deviations from the canonical nominative-accusative pattern of case-marking. The issues examined include differential object marking, subjecthood in specificational copular constructions, ‘swarm’-type alternations and what they tell us about grammatical relations, special types of subject and object marking in non-finite clauses, and non-canonical grammatical relations induced by modal predicates. One study provides a comparative outlook towards Icelandic, another language noted for its complex marking of grammatical relations. The articles in the volume represent various theoretical frameworks.
[Valency, Argument Realization and Grammatical Relations in Baltic, 1] 2014. vii, 370 pp.
Publishing status: Available
© John Benjamins
Table of Contents
Preface | p. vii
Argument marking and grammatical relations in Baltic: An overviewAxel Holvoet and Nicole Nau | pp. 1–41
Case and word order in Lithuanian infinitival clauses revisitedPeter M. Arkadiev | pp. 43–95
Non-canonical grammatical relations in a modal construction: The Latvian debitiveAxel Holvoet and Marta Grzybowska | pp. 97–135
Alternations in argument realization and problematic cases of subjecthood in LithuanianKristina Lenartaitė-Gotaučienė | pp. 137–180
Subjecthood in specificational copular constructions in LithuanianRolandas Mikulskas | pp. 181–206
Differential object marking in LatgalianNicole Nau | pp. 207–255
The independent partitive genitive in LithuanianIlja A. Seržant | pp. 257–299
On the non-canonical marking of the highest-ranking argument in Lithuanian and Icelandic: Steps toward a databaseBjörn Wiemer and Valgerður Bjarnadóttir | pp. 301–361
Language index | p. 363
Name index | pp. 365–366
Subject index | pp. 367–370
“This excellent collection of papers makes Baltic languages one of the most thoroughly investigated in the domain of grammatical relations. The discussion of non-canonical marking of subjects and objects in Baltic, as well as of related issues of diffuseness of grammatical relations, argument alternations, differential case marking and impersonal constructions will inform the future typological and theoretical studies in this domain.”
Andrej Malchukov, Leipzig & Mainz
“Overall, this is an excellent collection of papers, which makes Baltic languages among the most thoroughly investigated in the domain of grammatical relations. The discussion of non-canonical marking of subjects and objects in Baltic, as well as of related issues of diffuseness of grammatical relations, argument alternations, differential case marking and impersonal constructions, will inform the future typological and theoretical studies in this domain.”
Andrej Malchukov, Johannes Gutenberg-Universität, in Baltic Journal 6: 254-263, 2015
Cited by 3 other publications
2016. Argument marking in Baltic and Slavonic pain-verb constructions. In Argument Realization in Baltic [Valency, Argument Realization and Grammatical Relations in Baltic, 3], ► pp. 83 ff.
2019. Non-canonical case marking on subjects in Russian and Lithuanian. Evolutionary Linguistic Theory 1:2 ► pp. 175 ff.
2017. Semantic and cognitive factors of argument marking in ancient Indo-European languages. Diachronica 34:3 ► pp. 368 ff.
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Main BIC Subject
CF/2AJB: Linguistics/Baltic languages
Main BISAC Subject
LAN009000: LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
U.S. Library of Congress Control Number: 2014000518 | Marc record