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Sat Sep 26 2009

Books: Morphology/Ling Theories: Keskin

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        1.    Mariëtte Bonenkamp, Subject Agreement-Dependency of Accusative Case in Turkish – or Jump-Starting Grammatical Machinery: Keskin

Message 1: Subject Agreement-Dependency of Accusative Case in Turkish – or Jump-Starting Grammatical Machinery: Keskin
Date: 23-Sep-2009
From: Mariëtte Bonenkamp <lotuu.nl>
Subject: Subject Agreement-Dependency of Accusative Case in Turkish – or Jump-Starting Grammatical Machinery: Keskin
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Title: Subject Agreement-Dependency of Accusative Case in Turkish – or
Jump-Starting Grammatical Machinery
Series Title: LOT Dissertation Series
Published: 2009
Publisher: Netherlands Graduate School of Linguistics / Landelijke - LOT

Author: Cem Keskin
Paperback: ISBN: 9789460930065 Pages: Price: ----

This book is on the relationship between case and agreement. A noun phrase
is assigned the structural case it bears through agreement with a
functional head. This thesis, referred to as the George and Kornfilt
Thesis, has been assumed as a basic premise in several recent works, to
provide an account of structural case assignment. Often, agreement is
spelled out morphologically as subject or object agreement, just like
subject and object cases. When this is the case, one sees that structural
subject case relies on subject agreement, and structural object case on
object agreement.

The central thesis of the book is that there is at least one more
dependency that needs to be assumed in case phenomena, namely that, in some
languages of the world, structural object case, or more particularly
accusative case, is dependent on subject agreement—the Subject
Agreement-Accusative Case Conjecture.

The Jump-start Hypothesis is proposed in order to explain this dependency.
According to this hypothesis, in a finite construction, case assignment to each
argument is activated by a single source of agreement. These ideas are
substantiated using data mainly from Turkish, as well as Turkmen, Azerbaijani,
Japanese, German, Finnish, Cuzco Quechua, Kolyma Yukaghir, Mangarayi
and Koasati.

This study is interesting for researchers working on case assignment,
agreement, nominalizations, gerunds, Turkic languages and meso- and

Linguistic Field(s): Linguistic Theories

Written In: English (eng )

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