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Title: Restrictiveness in Case Theory
Written By: Henry Smith
Series Title: Cambridge Studies in Linguistics, 78

Henry Smith develops a theory of syntactic case and examines its synchronic
and diachronic consequences. Within a unification-based framework, the book
draws out pervasive patterns in the relationship between morphosyntax
('linking') and grammatical function. The theory proposed consists of three
ordered constraints on the association of NPs and arguments, based on the
central notion of 'restrictiveness'. Beginning with a detailed study of
dative substitution in Icelandic, the author moves on to examine a wide
array of synchronic and diachronic data and to construct a typology of
case. Theoretically innovative and sophisticated, and descriptively
wide-ranging, this book will appeal to all those interested in the
cross-linguistic marking of case and the ways in which case systems may
change over time.

Publication Year: 2006
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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Linguistic Field(s): Syntax
Subject Language(s): Icelandic
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 0521462878
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: 340
Prices: U.S. $ 80.00

Format: Paperback
ISBN: 521026555
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: 340
Prices: U.K. £ 27.99
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