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Title: Non-Nominative Subjects
Subtitle: Volume 1
Edited By: Peri Bhaskararao
Karumuri Venkata Subbarao
Series Title: Typological Studies in Language 60

Volume 1 of Non-nominative Subjects (NNSs) presents the most recent research on this topic from a wide range of languages from diverse language families of the world, with ample data and in-depth analysis. A significant feature of these volumes is that authors with different theoretical perspectives study the intricate questions raised by these constructions.
Some of the central issues include the subject properties of noun phrases with ergative, dative, accusative and genitive case, case assignment and checking, anaphor–antecedent coreference, the nature of predicates with
NNSs, whether they are volitional or non-volitional, possibilities of control coreference and agreement phenomena. These analyses have significant implications for theories of syntax and verbal semantics, first language acquisition of NNSs, convergence of case marking patterns in language contact situations, and the nature of syntactic change.

Table of contents

1. Experiencer datives in Kannada
R. Amritavalli 7

2. Non-nominative subjects in comparison
Josef Bayer 31

3. Some non-nominative subjects in Bangla
Probal Dasgupta 59

4. Non-nominative subjects in Hindi-Urdu VP structure and case parameters
Alice Davison 71

5. The diachronic relationship between quirky subjects and stylistic fronting
Susann Fischer 99

6. The possessor-experiencer dative in Malayalam
K.A. Jayaseelan 119

7. The position of the accusative subject in the accusative–infinitive construction
Howard Lasnik 137

8. On the origin of non-nominative subjects
Anoop K. Mahajan 151

9. Genitive subjects in Japanese
Mamoru Saito 169

10. Icelandic non-nominative subjects
Halldor Armann Sigurðsson 185

11. Non-nominative subjects in Telugu
Karumuri Venkata Subbarao and Peri Bhaskararao 209

12. Non-nominative subjects in Marathi
Kashi Wali 245

13. Non-nominative (major) subjects and case stacking in Korean
James Hye Suk Yoon 275

Index 325

Publication Year: 2004
Publisher: John Benjamins
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Linguistic Field(s): Linguistic Theories
Language Acquisition
Subject Language(s): Bengali
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9027229708
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: xii, 325 pp.
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ISBN: 1588115313
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