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  1. paul, The Nominative & Accusative and Their Counterparts

Message 1: The Nominative & Accusative and Their Counterparts

Date: Tue, 22 Oct 2002 15:32:22 +0000
From: paul <>
Subject: The Nominative & Accusative and Their Counterparts

Title: The Nominative & Accusative and Their Counterparts
Series Title: Case and Grammatical Relations Across Languages 4
Publication Year: 2002
Publisher: John Benjamins		 
Editor: Kristin Davidse 
Editor: B�atrice Lamiroy 
Hardback: ISBN: 1588111822, Pages: x, 363 pp., Price: USD 113.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9027228140, Pages: x, 363 pp., Price: EUR 125.00

This volume is devoted to the central cases relating to the basic
oppositions between subject-object and agent-patient, viz. nominative
and accusative, as well as their counterparts such as ergative and
absolutive. It aims at contributing to the typological investigation
of these cases by providing descriptive studies of ten different
languages, not only Romance and Germanic languages, but also Polish
and Basque, as well as Cora, Warrwa and Ewe. These studies show that
the formal devices used to mark the two nuclear cases may be quite
diverse (including non-overt and "configurational" coding), but that
all the languages studied crucially display a subject-object
asymmetry, even languages such as Basque and Ewe for which this had
been questioned. One of the most striking subthemes to emerge from
this collection is the complexity of the object-zone, both with regard
to formal and functional diversity. Various studies in the volume also
contribute reflections, couched mainly in broadly cognitive-functional
terms, about the semantic function of the subject-object contrast and
why it is so central across languages.

Table of Contents

Preface vii 
List of abbreviations viii 
1. Introduction 
 Kristin Davidse and B�atrice Lamiroy 1 
2. Romance transitivity 
 Michael D. Herslund 15 
3. Objects and quasi-objects: The constellation of the object in
 Ludo Melis 41 
4. A construction grammar approach to transitivity in Spanish 
 Nicole Delbecque 81 
5. Nominative and oblique in English: reflexive clauses as a test case
 for distinct Agent - Patient models
 Kristin Davidse 131 
6. Aspects of nominative and accusative in German 
 Luk Draye 175
7. The Source-Path-Goal schema and the accusative in interaction with
 the genitive in Polish
 Zofia Kaleta 201 
8. Objects, verbs and categories in the Cora lexicon 
 Eugene H. Casad 227 
9. Ergativity and accusativity in Basque 
 R. Larry Trask 265 
10. Ergative and accusative patterning in Warrwa 
 William B. McGregor 285 
11. Constituent order and grammatical relations in Ewe 
 Felix K. Ameka 319 
Author index 353 
Subject index 356

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