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.
is a researcher at the Universität Konstanz.
is a researcher at the Universität Stuttgart.
- 1 Introduction
- 2 On Nominative Case Features and Split Agreement
- 3 Case Systems: Beyond Structural Distinctions
- 4 Categorical Features as the Source of EPP and Abstract Case Phenomena
- 5 Not so Quirky: On Subject Case in Icelandic
- 6 Against the Feature Bundle Theory of Case
- 7 Case and Event Structure in Finnish Psych Predicates
- 8 Case: Abstract vs. Morphological
- 9 Surface Matters. Case Conflict in Free Relative Constructions and Case Theory
- 10 Burzio's Generalizations, Markedness, and Locality Constraints on Nominative Objects
- 11 Optimal Case Patterns: German and Icelandic Compared