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New Perspectives on Case Theory

edited by Ellen Brandner and Heike Zinsmeister

Case and the theory of case is one of the central concepts in modern generative syntax. Case links the arguments to the predicates within the clause, forces nominal expressions to move and to surface in specific positions, and, in some languages, encodes the referential properties of the nominal expressions. However, languages make use of overt case distinctions to a very varied degree, which leaves the proper formulation of principles that bring these aspects together with many open questions. The contributions in this volume offer analyses of case phenomena in a broad range of languages within different modern frameworks. Novel treatments of case are also proposed, inviting further discussion and development of the topic.

Ellen Brandner is a researcher at the Universität Konstanz. Heike Zinsmeister is a researcher at the Universität Stuttgart.


  • Contributors
  • Preface
  • 1 Introduction Ellen Brandner and Heike Zinsmeister
  • 2 On Nominative Case Features and Split Agreement Artemis Alexiadou
  • 3 Case Systems: Beyond Structural Distinctions Miriam Butt and Tracy Holloway King
  • 4 Categorical Features as the Source of EPP and Abstract Case Phenomena Eric Haeberli
  • 5 Not so Quirky: On Subject Case in Icelandic Jóhannes Gísli Jónsson
  • 6 Against the Feature Bundle Theory of Case Marcus Kracht
  • 7 Case and Event Structure in Finnish Psych Predicates Diane Nelson
  • 8 Case: Abstract vs. Morphological Halldór Ármann Sigurðsson
  • 9 Surface Matters. Case Conflict in Free Relative Constructions and Case Theory Ralf Vogel
  • 10 Burzio's Generalizations, Markedness, and Locality Constraints on Nominative Objects Ellen Woolford
  • 11 Optimal Case Patterns: German and Icelandic Compared Dieter Wunderlich
  • Index


ISBN (Paperback — OUT OF PRINT): 1575863642 (9781575863641)
ISBN (Cloth — OUT OF PRINT): 1575863634 (9781575863634)
ISBN (Electronic): 157586925X (9781575869254)

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