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Studies in Natural Language and Linguistic Theory

Differential Subject Marking

Editors: de Hoop, Helen, de Swart, Peter (Eds.)

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  • Contains numerous illuminating discussions of Differential Subject Marking from languages all over the world
  • Provides an important step in the understanding of the complex nature of Differential Subject Marking
  • Shows that Differential Subject Marking is often the result of interactions between conflicting constraints on language use
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Although (almost) all sentences have subjects, not all sentences encode their subjects in the same way. Some languages overtly mark some subjects, but not others, depending on certain features of the subject argument or the sentence in which the subject figures. This phenomenon is known as Differential Subject Marking (DSM). Languages differ in which conditions govern DSM. Some languages differentiate their subjects on the basis of semantic features of the argument such as thematic role, volitionality, animacy, whereas others differentiate on the basis of clausal features such as tense/aspect and the main/dependent clause distinction. DSM comes in different formal guises: case marking, agreement, inverse systems, and voice alternations.

Relatively much is known about cross-linguistic variation in the marking of subjects, yet little attempt has been made to formalize the facts. This volume aims to unify formal approaches to language and presents both specific case studies of DSM and theoretical approaches.

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From the reviews: “This book originates from a 2004 workshop on ‘Differential Subject Marking’ held in Nijmegen. … chapters address DSM phenomena in particular languages. … This collection of articles … succeeds in advancing our understanding of DSM and the factors that determine it. … Researchers interested in case, agreement, and argument structure … will find a rich amount of data in this volume. Linguists with an interest in modeling animacy effects … will be as stimulated by some of the proposals developed here as I have been.” (Raúl Aranovich, Language, Vol. 85 (4), 2009)

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Table of contents (12 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Differential Subject Marking
Editors
  • Helen de Hoop
  • Peter de Swart
Series Title
Studies in Natural Language and Linguistic Theory
Series Volume
72
Copyright
2009
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
eBook ISBN
978-1-4020-6497-5
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4020-6497-5
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4020-6498-2
Softcover ISBN
978-90-481-2263-9
Series ISSN
0924-4670
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XII, 312
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