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Title: Non-Nominative Subjects
Subtitle: Volume 2
Edited By: Peri Bhaskararao
Karumuri Venkata Subbarao
URL: http://www.benjamins.com/cgi-bin/t_bookview.cgi?bookid=TSL%2061
Series Title: Typological Studies in Language 61

Volume 2 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. Syntactic change and convergence
Harbir Kaur Arora and Karumuri Venkata Subbarao 1

2. The syntax of experiencers in the Himalayas
Balthasar Bickel 25

3. Oblique-case subjects in Tsez
Bernard Comrie 61

4. Experiencer objects in Iwaidjan languages
Nicholas Evans 77

5. Case as agreement
Peter Edwin Hook and Omkar N. Koul 101

6. Acquisition of dative subject in Tamil
B. Lakshmi Bai 115

7. Southeast-Asian languages
Makoto Minegishi 139

8. Subjecthood of non-nominatives in Gujarati
P.J. Mistry 155

9. Oblique main arguments in Hindi as localizing predications
Annie Montaut 187

10. Subjectless clauses in Irish
Michael Noonan 211

11. Instrumental subjects in Motuna
Masayuki Onishi 237

12. The indirect-influence marker in Balinese
Asako Shiohara 257

13. Issues in case-marking
Tasaku Tsunoda 275

14. Aquisition of the non-nominative subject in Telugu
A. Usha Rani and V. Sailaja 287

15. Non-nominative subjects in Maithili
Yogendra P. Yadava 301

Index 313

Publication Year: 2004
Publisher: John Benjamins
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Linguistic Field(s): Linguistic Theories
Language Acquisition
Subject Language(s): Balinese
Language Family(ies): Yiwaidjan
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 1588115321
ISBN-13: 9781588115324
Pages: xii, 319 pp.
Prices: U.S. $ 169
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ISBN: 9027229716
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Pages: xii, 319 pp.
Prices: Europe EURO 125.00