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Double Case : Agreement by Suffixaufnahme

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This is a collection of previously unpublished essays on an unusual and little known pattern of case agreement in the noun phrase. The contributors examine the pattern as it occurs in a wide variety of languages. The volume will be the definitive comparative study of a phenomenon not previously studied in any comprehensive way.show more

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  • Hardback | 516 pages
  • 169.2 x 226.6 x 37.6mm | 1,006.98g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • New.
  • line figures, tables
  • 0195087755
  • 9780195087758

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The essays collected in this volume address a curious and little-known agreement pattern. It consists of a nominal that is case marked for its own grammatical relation, typically that of an attribute in a possessive construction taking another case in agreement with the nominal it is in construction withschematically "in-the-palace in-the-king's". Such double case marking, termed Suffixaufnahme when first noted, is cross-linguistically rare and intriguingly distributed. Offering in-depth descriptions of all the core cases of Suffixaufnahme and of a variety of less prototypical ones, these essays highlight the considerable significance of this pattern for linguistic theory. Ostensibly marginal, Suffixaufnahme bears on several fundamental issues in syntax and morphology. It exemplifies unusual case marking and agreement, and it throws light on the word-class distinction between nouns and adjectives, the difference between inflection and derivation, the nature of grammatical relations (especially those of attribution and apposition), and the hierarchical nature of syntax.show more

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this book advances our knowledge about noun-phrase structure considerably, mainly through an in-depth examination of little-known data from little-known languages that has repercussions on our understanding of more familiar patterns ... The comprehensive survey of diverse adnominal possessive constructions in Plank's introduction and the data of the other contributions undoubtedly constitute an important achievement in linguistic typology which will be an indispensable reference for future work on NP syntax ... It is only through typological work like this that we can begin to answer questions about cross-linguistic preferences and address the deeper issues behind them ... may well become another milestone in typology. * Martin Haspelmath, Freie Universitat Berlin, Linguistics 35 (1997) * Plank deserves our thanks for putting together a solid, readable reference on the topic. * Barry J. Blake, La Trobe University, Linguistics, Vol. 33 - 1997 *show more

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