LINGUIST List 9.1296

Fri Sep 18 1998

Books: Australian Languages

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  1. Maureen Burke, new book: Australian Language

Message 1: new book: Australian Language

Date: Thu, 17 Sep 1998 11:53:40 -0700
From: Maureen Burke <>
Subject: new book: Australian Language

Australian Language

Nordlinger, Rachel (Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, Nijmegen);
CONSTRUCTIVE CASE; ISBN: 1-57586-134-8 (paper), 1-57586-135-6 (cloth); CSLI
Publications 1998:


	Australian Aboriginal languages have many interesting grammatical
characteristics that challenge some of the central assumptions of current
linguistic theory. These languages exhibit many unusual morphosyntactic
characteristics that have not yet been adequately incorporated into current
linguistic theory. This volume focuses on the complex properties of case
morphology in these nonconfigurational languages, including extensive case
stacking and the use of case to mark tense/aspect/mood. While problematic
for many syntactic approaches, these case properties are given a natural
and unified account in the lexicalist model of constructive case developed
in this book, which allows case morphology to construct the larger
syntactic context independently of phrase structure.

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