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Title: The Nominative & Accusative and Their Counterparts
Series Title: Case and Grammatical Relations Across Languages 4

This volume is devoted to the central cases relating to the basic oppositions between subject-object and agent-patient, viz. nominative and accusative, as well as their counterparts such as ergative and absolutive. It aims at contributing to the typological investigation of these cases by providing descriptive studies of ten different languages, not only Romance and Germanic languages, but also Polish and Basque, as well as Cora, Warrwa and Ewe. These studies show that the formal devices used to mark the two nuclear cases may be quite diverse (including non-overt and ‘configurational’ coding), but that all the languages studied crucially display a subject-object asymmetry, even languages such as Basque and Ewe for which this had been questioned. One of the most striking subthemes to emerge from this collection is the complexity of the object-zone, both with regard to formal and functional diversity. Various studies in the volume also contribute reflections, couched mainly in broadly cognitive-functional terms, about the semantic function of the subject-object contrast and why it is so central across languages.

Table of Contents

Preface vii
List of abbreviations viii
1. Introduction
Kristin Davidse and Béatrice Lamiroy 1
2. Romance transitivity
Michael D. Herslund 15
3. Objects and quasi-objects: The constellation of the object in French
Ludo Melis 41
4. A construction grammar approach to transitivity in Spanish
Nicole Delbecque 81
5. Nominative and oblique in English: reflexive clauses as a test case for distinct Agent • Patient models
Kristin Davidse 131
6. Aspects of nominative and accusative in German
Luk Draye 175
7. The Source•Path•Goal schema and the accusative in interaction with the genitive in Polish
Zofia Kaleta 201
8. Objects, verbs and categories in the Cora lexicon
Eugene H. Casad 227
9. Ergativity and accusativity in Basque
R. Larry Trask 265
10. Ergative and accusative patterning in Warrwa
William B. McGregor 285
11. Constituent order and grammatical relations in Ewe
Felix K. Ameka 319
Author index 353
Subject index 356

Publication Year: 2002
Publisher: John Benjamins
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 1588111822
ISBN-13: 9781588111821
Pages: x, 363 pp.
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9027228140
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Pages: x, 363 pp.
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