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Title: Case variation: Viruses and star wars
Author: Halldór Ármann Sigurðsson
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Homepage: http://www.nordlund.lu.se/Nordwebb/personalkort/hsig/halldor.html
Institution: Lund University
Linguistic Field: Morphology; Syntax
Abstract: This article discusses morphological case variation, arguing that individual cases are not syntactic objects or features but PF interpretations of a range of different underlying syntactic relations. Nevertheless, it turns out that case variation can, to a large extent, be analyzed in terms of only two atomic ‘ingredients’: event licensing of NPs and PF marking of the licensing relation (where marking is analyzed in terms of Chomskyan case stars). Ergative is a Voice/*-case, whereas accusative is a v*-case, licensed under c-command by Voice/ (ergative and accusative marking thus being two sides of the same coin). Individual cases in case-expanding morphological/PF case systems, it is argued, behave like viruses, striving to expand beyond their original ‘reasonable’ domain.

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This article appears IN Nordic Journal of Linguistics Vol. 35, Issue 3, which you can READ on Cambridge's site or on LINGUIST .



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