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LINGUIST List 19.1881

Fri Jun 13 2008

Books: Syntax/Typology: König

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        1.    Jennifer Clark, Case in Africa: König


Message 1: Case in Africa: König
Date: 28-Apr-2008
From: Jennifer Clark <jennifer.clarkoup.com>
Subject: Case in Africa: König
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Title: Case in Africa
Published: 2008
Publisher: Oxford University Press
                http://www.oup.com/us

Book URL: http://www.oup.com/uk/catalogue/?ci=9780199232826

Author: Christa König
Hardback: ISBN: 9780199232826 Pages: 368 Price: U.K. £ 75.00
Abstract:

This book provides a typological overview of the different manifestations
of grammaticalized case systems in African languages. After defining and
distinguishing case systems, Christa König begins a thorough analysis of
case in roughly 100 African languages and reveals several features, such as
tone as a marker for case and the marked-nominative system, which are rare
phenomena in other languages of the world. Wherever possible, the author
takes into account data from her own substantial and highly regarded field
research. The book provides answers to questions such as the following:
What is the relationship between definiteness and case. Are case phenomena
areally or genetically motivated? Why are case distinctions neutralized in
nearly all case languages with verb initial or verb medial word order?
Which grammaticalizations appear with case? What is the relationship
between topics and nominative cases, or focus and accusative cases?

Linguistic Field(s): Syntax
                            Typology

Written In: English (eng )

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