Non-canonical Marking of Subjects and Objects

Non-canonical Marking of Subjects and Objects

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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, Quechua, 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.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 384 pages
  • 154.94 x 226.06 x 25.4mm | 589.67g
  • John Benjamins Publishing Co
  • Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • English
  • 1588110435
  • 9781588110435

Table of contents

1. Contributors; 2. Preface; 3. Introduction: Non-canonically marked subjects and objects: Parameters and Properties (by Onishi, Masayuki); 4. Non-canonical marking of core arguments in European languages (by Haspelmath, Martin); 5. Non-canonical A/S marking in Icelandic (by Andrews, Avery D.); 6. Non-canonically marked A/S in Bengali (by Onishi, Masayuki); 7. Non-canonically marked A/S in Imbabura Quechua (by Hermon, Gabriella); 8. Verb types, non-canonically marked arguments and grammatical relations: A Tariana perspective (by Aikhenvald, Alexandra Y.); 9. Impersonal constructions in Amele (by Roberts, John R.); 10. Non-canonical subjects and objects in Finnish (by Sands, Kristina); 11. Non-canonical constructions in Japanese (by Shibatani, Masayoshi); 12. Language index; 13. Author index; 14. Subject indexshow more