Spatial Cases

Denis Creissels

in The Oxford Handbook of Case

Published in print November 2008 | ISBN: 9780199206476
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Linguistics

 Spatial Cases

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A spatial case is an inflected form of nouns or noun phrases distinct from the absolute form available for the extra-syntactic function of pure designation, and apt to fulfil one of the following functions without the addition of an adposition: non-verbal predicate, or predicative complement of a copula, specifying the location of an entity; verb satellite specifying the location of an event. This article focuses on problems in separating spatial cases from spatial adpositions; spatial cases in languages devoid of case contrast between core syntactic terms; case languages devoid of spatial cases; spatial cases and semantic classes of nouns; adverbs and adpositions inflected for spatial cases; semantic distinctions expressed by spatial cases; spatial case forms of locational nouns, spatial adpositions, and spatial adverbs; syncretisms between core syntactic cases and spatial cases; and non-spatial cases derived from spatial cases.

Keywords: spatial cases; nouns; spatial adpositions; case languages; semantic classes; adverbs; adpositions; non-spatial cases; syncretisms

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Subjects: Linguistics ; Grammar, Syntax and Morphology ; Linguistic Typology

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