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Studies in Natural Language and Linguistic Theory

Flexible Syntax

A Theory of Case and Arguments

Authors: Neeleman, A., Weerman, F.

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Most linguistic theories assume that each grammatical relation is established in a unique structural configuration. Neeleman and Weerman take issue with this view, arguing for a more flexible approach on the basis of conceptual considerations and data taken mostly, but not exclusively, from the Germanic languages. In-depth analyses of word order phenomena as well as diachronic and typological generalizations motivate a re-evaluation of the role of case in the projection of arguments. Case is shown to provide a syntactic foothold for thematic interpretation, something which is necessary in a grammar that does not allow fixed theta-positions. Thus, this study does not only offer a genuine alternative to many standard assumptions, it also explains why there should be such a thing as case in natural language.

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Flexible Syntax
Book Subtitle
A Theory of Case and Arguments
Authors
Series Title
Studies in Natural Language and Linguistic Theory
Series Volume
47
Copyright
1999
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht
eBook ISBN
978-94-011-4289-2
DOI
10.1007/978-94-011-4289-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-7923-6058-2
Softcover ISBN
978-0-7923-7199-1
Series ISSN
0924-4670
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 253
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