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LINGUIST List 18.775

Tue Mar 13 2007

Qs: Arabic Concordancing; Overt Nominative Case

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        1.    masoud ali, Arabic Concordancing
        2.    Vita Markman, Overt Nominative Case

Message 1: Arabic Concordancing
Date: 09-Mar-2007
From: masoud ali <omdurman60gmail.com>
Subject: Arabic Concordancing

I am a course writer in Arabic and in need of an Arabic concordancing soft
tool. Any thing available online or commercially? Can buy.


Linguistic Field(s): Computational Linguistics

Message 2: Overt Nominative Case
Date: 08-Mar-2007
From: Vita Markman <vita_markmanpomona.edu>
Subject: Overt Nominative Case

Dear Linguists,

I am trying to find out some references that would address the status of
apparently overt nominative case morphology in such Indo-European languages
as Greek and Icelandic. Overt nominative case in Indo-European languages
generally seems to be more of an exception rather than a rule. Yet, it
exists and thus presents a rather intransigent counter-example to theories
that treat nominative case as unmarked /default case or the absence of case.

Also, does anyone know of an Indo-European language that has overt
nominative case, subject agreement, but lacks gender distinctions on
NPs/pronouns? In Latin, for example, the ‘-us’ ending on nominative
masculine nouns can be attributed to gender-marking, not necessarily to
case. So, I am trying to find out whether such a treatment can possibly
apply to languages such as Icelandic and/or Greek.

I would greatly appreciate any and all references and pointers concerning
this issue.

Many thanks in advance
Vita Markman

Linguistic Field(s): Syntax

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