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Title: The Distribution of Pronoun Case Forms in English
Written By: Heidi Quinn
URL: http://www.benjamins.com/cgi-bin/t_bookview.cgi?bookid=LA%2082
Series Title: Linguistik Aktuell/Linguistics Today 82
Description:

This book offers an in-depth analysis of Modern English pronoun case. The
author examines case trends in a wide range of syntactic constructions and
concludes that case variation is confined to strong pronoun contexts. Data
from a survey of 90 speakers provide new insights into the distributional
differences between strong 1sg and non-1sg case forms and reveal systematic
case variation within the speech of individuals as well as across speakers.
The empirical findings suggest that morphological case is best treated as a
PF phenomenon conditioned by semantic, syntactic, and phonological factors.
In order to capture the way in which these linguistic factors interact to
produce the pronoun case patterns exhibited by individual speakers, the
author introduces a novel constraint-based approach to morphological case.
Current case trends are also considered in a wider historical context and
are related to a change in the licensing of structural arguments.


Table of contents

Acknowledgements xi
Key to abbreviations xii
Introduction 1
1. The history of the English case system 8
2. Formal approaches to case and the three case constraints 26
3. Case and the weak/strong distinction in the English pronoun system 65
4. The empirical survey 78
5. The survey results 101
6. Relative Positional Coding and the Invariant Strong Form constraints 148
7. Modelling the interaction of the constraints 178
8. The distribution of personal pronoun forms in other strong pronoun
contexts 201
9. The distribution of wh-pronoun forms in Modern English 310
10. Speculations and conclusions 370
References 384
Name index 398
Subject index 402

Publication Year: 2005
Publisher: John Benjamins
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Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics
Morphology
Syntax
Subject Language(s): English
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Versions:
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 902722806X
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: xii, 409
Prices: Europe EURO 125.00
U.S. $ 169