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LINGUIST List 19.763

Fri Mar 07 2008

Books: Ling Theories/Typology: de Hoop, de Swart (Eds)

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        1.    Jasper de Vaal, Differential Subject Marking: de Hoop, de Swart (Eds)


Message 1: Differential Subject Marking: de Hoop, de Swart (Eds)
Date: 07-Mar-2008
From: Jasper de Vaal <jasper.devaalspringer.com>
Subject: Differential Subject Marking: de Hoop, de Swart (Eds)
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Title: Differential Subject Marking
Series Title: Studies in Natural Language and Linguistic Theory
Published: 2008
Publisher: Springer
                http://www.springer.com

Book URL: http://www.springer.com/978-1-4020-6498-2

Editor: Peter de Swart
Editor: Helen de Hoop
Hardback: ISBN: 9781402064982 Pages: 312 Price: U.S. $ 159.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9781402064982 Pages: 312 Price: U.K. £ 88.50
Hardback: ISBN: 9781402064982 Pages: 312 Price: Europe EURO 114.95
Abstract:

Although (almost) all sentences have subjects, not all sentences encode
their subjects in the same way. Some languages overtly mark some subjects,
but not others, depending on certain features of the subject argument or
the sentence in which the subject figures. This phenomenon is known as
Differential Subject Marking (DSM). Languages differ in which conditions
govern DSM. Some languages differentiate their subjects on the basis of
semantic features of the argument such as thematic role, volitionality,
animacy, whereas others differentiate on the basis of clausal features such
as tense/aspect and the main/dependent clause distinction. DSM comes in
different formal guises: case marking, agreement, inverse systems, and
voice alternations.

Relatively much is known about cross-linguistic variation in the marking of
subjects, yet little attempt has been made to formalize the facts. This
volume aims to unify formal approaches to language and presents both
specific case studies of DSM and theoretical approaches.

Linguistic Field(s): Linguistic Theories
                            Typology

Written In: English (eng )

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