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"Buenos dias", "buenas noches" -- this was the first words in a foreign language I heard in my life, as a three-year old boy growing up in developing post-war Western Germany, where the first gastarbeiters had arrived from Spain. Fascinated by the strange sounds, I tried to get to know some more languages, the only opportunity being TV courses of English and French -- there was no foreign language education for pre-teen school children in Germany yet in those days. Read more



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Title: Non-canonical Marking of Subjects and Objects
Edited By: Chia-jung Pan
Series Title: Typological Studies in Language 46
Description:

In some languages every subject is marked in the same way, and also every
object. But there are languages in which a small set of verbs mark their
subjects or their objects in an unusual way. For example, most verbs may
mark their subject with nominative case, but one small set of verbs may
have dative subjects, and another small set may have locative subjects.
Verbs with noncanonically marked subjects and objects typically refer to
physiological states or events, inner feelings, perception and cognition.
The Introduction sets out the theoretical parameters and defines the
properties in terms of which subjects and objects can be analysed.
Following chapters discuss
Icelandic, Bengali, uechua, Finnish, Japanese, Amele (a Papuan language),
and Tariana (an Amazonian language); there is also a general discussion of
European languages. This is a pioneering study providing new and
fascinating data, and dealing with a topic of prime theoretical importance
to linguists of many persuasions.
Contributions by: A.Y. Aikhenvald; A.D. Andrews; L. Campbell;
R.M.W. Dixon; M. Haspelmath; G. Hermon; M. Onishi; J. Roberts;
A.K. Sands; M. Shibatani.

Publication Year: 2001
Publisher: John Benjamins
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Linguistic Field(s): Typology
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