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Title: The Role of Semantic, Pragmatic, and Discourse Factors in the Development of Case
Edited By: Johanna Barddal
Shobhana Lakshmi Chelliah
URL: http://www.benjamins.com/cgi-bin/t_bookview.cgi?bookid=SLCS%20108
Series Title: Studies in Language Companion Series 108

The aim of this volume is to bring non-syntactic factors in the development
of case into the eye of the research field, by illustrating the integral
role of pragmatics, semantics, and discourse structure in the historical
development of morphologically marked case systems. The articles represent
fifteen typologically diverse languages from four different language
families: (i) Indo-European: Vedic Sanskrit, Russian, Greek, Latin,
Latvian, Gothic, French, German, Icelandic, and Faroese; (ii)
Tibeto-Burman, especially the Bodic languages and Meithei; (iii) Japanese;
and (iv) the Pama-Nyungan mixed language Gurindji Kriol. The data also show
considerable diversity and include elicited, archival, corpus-based, and
naturally occurring data. Discussions of mechanisms where change is
obtained include semantically and aspectually motivated synchronic case
variation, discourse motivated subject marking, reduction or expansion of
case marker distribution, case syncretism motivated by semantics, syntax,
or language contact, and case splits motivated by pragmatics, metonymy, and

Publication Year: 2009
Publisher: John Benjamins
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Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics
Subject Language(s): Faroese
Greek, Modern
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9027205752
ISBN-13: 9789027205759
Prices: Europe EURO 105.00
U.S. $ 158.00
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ISBN-13: 9789027289926
Prices: Europe EURO 105.00
U.S. $ 158.00