The Dependent Marking Cycles

Elly van Gelderen

in The Linguistic Cycle

Published in print April 2011 | ISBN: 9780199756056
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199896882 | DOI:
The Dependent Marking Cycles

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Case is explored in the same way as agreement, through Feature Economy. Case derives from deixis, actual deixis for the semantic cases and grammaticalized deixis (e.g. [uT] in previous chapters) for the grammatical cases. First, some background on dependent marking is provided as well as a case study from Old English regarding the change from a grammar where verbal aspect dominates to one where nominal markers do. One section examines the origins of dependent marking on subjects and objects and another explores differential (subject and object) marking. This kind of marking can be seen as definiteness. Marking on non-core nominals (e.g. location and instrumental) is discussed as having a lexical source.

Keywords: dependent marking; head marking; case; definiteness; deixis; aspect

Chapter.  20871 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Grammar, Syntax and Morphology

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