Grammatical Relations in Change

Grammatical Relations in Change

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The eleven selected contributions making up this volume deal with grammatical relations, their coding and behavioral properties, and the change that these properties have undergone in different languages. The focus of this collection is on the changing properties of subjects and objects, although the scope of the volume goes beyond the central problems pertaining to case marking and word order. The diachrony of syntactic and morphosyntactic phenomena are approached from different theoretical perspectives, generative grammar, valency grammar, and functionalism. The languages dealt with include Old English, Mainland Scandinavian, Icelandic, German and other Germanic languages, Latin, French and other Romance languages, Northeast Caucasian, Eskimo, and Popolocan. This book provides an opportunity to compare different theoretical approaches to similar phenomena in different languages and language more

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  • Hardback | 337 pages
  • 154.9 x 223.5 x 22.9mm | 521.64g
  • John Benjamins Publishing Co
  • Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • English
  • Illustrations, 1 map
  • 1588110346
  • 9781588110343

Table of contents

1. Preface; 2. Introduction (by Faarlund, Jan Terje); 3. How far does semantic bleaching go: About grammaticalization that does not terminate in functional categories (by Abraham, Werner); 4. 'Oblique subjects', structural and lexical case marking: Some thoughts on case assignment in North Germanic and German (by Askedal, John Ole); 5. The notion of oblique subject and its status in the history of Icelandic (by Faarlund, Jan Terje); 6. Towards personal subjects in English: Variation in feature interpretability (by Gelderen, Elly van); 7. Focus and universal principles governing simplification of cleft structures (by Harris, Alice C.); 8. Recasting Danish subjects: Case system, word order and subject development (by Heltoft, Lars); 9. Ergative to accusative: Comparing evidence from Inuktitut (by Johns, Alana); 10. Subject and object in Old English and Latin copular deontics (by Miller, D. Gary); 11. The loss of lexical case in Swedish (by Norde, Muriel); 12. The coding of the subject-object distinction from Latin to Modern French (by Schosler, Lene); 13. Changes in Popolocan word order and clause structure (by Veerman-Leichsenring, Annette); 14. Indexshow more