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Infoling 9.64 (2022)
Título:The Semantics of Case
Autor/a:Kagan, Olga
Año de publicación:2022
Lugar de edición:Cambridge (UK)
Editorial:Cambridge University Press

The phenomenon of case has long been a central topic of study in linguistics. While the majority of the literature so far has been on the syntax of case, semantics also has a crucial role to play in how case operates. This book investigates the relationship between semantics and case-marking in the languages of the world, exploring a range of phenomena in which case-assignment is affected by (or affects) meaning. By bringing together data from a wide range of languages, representing different language families, a cross-linguistic picture emerges of the correlation between case and meaning. Different approaches to the phenomena are considered, including both syntactic and semantic analyses, and the question is raised as to whether case can be treated as meaningful, ultimately helping us shed light on the broader connections between grammar and meaning and, moreover, grammar and the human cognition.

  • Provides a survey of key literature and research on case from the perspective of meaning
  • Brings together data from a wide range of languages to form a cross-linguistic picture of the relationship between case and meaning
  • Reviews both syntactic and semantic perspectives on case to analyse whether case can be treated as meaningful



"Olga Kagan's The Semantics of Case is a welcome addition to the literature on how case marking evokes meaning in human languages. Drawing on a wealth of insightful examples and displaying an impressive command of diverse theoretical approaches, the book provides a comprehensive survey of case semantics from both the structural/generative and functional/cognitive traditions in linguistics."

Michael B. Smith, Oakland University, Michigan (USA)

Temática:Lingüística cognitiva, Pragmática, Semántica

List of Figures page 
List of Tables 
List of Abbreviations 

1 Introduction 
1.1 Introduction 
1.2 What Is Case? 
1.3 Abstract versus Morpho-Syntactic Case 
1.4 Case Systems 
1.5 Structural, Inherent, Lexical and Semantic Case 
1.6 Case-Marking and Thematic Roles 
1.7 Structure of the Book 
Further Reading 

2 Dative Case 
2.1 Thematic Roles 
2.2 Additional Environments 
2.3 Dative Case: Analyses 
2.4 Conclusion 
Further Reading 


3 Spatial Cases 
3.1 Spatial Cases: An Introduction 
3.2 Semantics of Spatial Cases 
3.3 Illustrating Rich Spatial Case Systems: Nakh-Daghestanian Languages 
3.4 Non-Spatial Uses of Spatial Cases 
3.5 Case-Assignment in Syntax: Challenges for a Formal Analysis 
3.6 Interaction of Spatial Case and Prepositions 
3.7 Conclusion 
Further Reading 


4 Case and Aspect 
4.1 Objects in Finnic Languages 
4.2 Accusative Adjuncts 
4.3 Complements of Prepositions: Accusative Case and Goals 
4.4 Conclusion 
Further Reading 


5 Differential Object Marking 
5.1 DOM Systems Exemplified 
5.2 The Reasoning behind DOM? 
5.3 Verbal Influence: Direct or Indirect? 
5.4 Cross-Linguistic Analyses of DOM 
5.5 Conclusion 
Further Reading 


6 The Genitive/Accusative Alternation in Balto-Slavic 
6.1 Irrealis Genitive in Balto-Slavic 
6.2 Unifying GenNeg and Intensional Genitive 
6.3 The Semantics of Irrealis Genitive 
6.4 Partitive Genitive 
6.5 Conclusion 
Further Reading 


7 Predicate Case 
7.1 Instrumental Predicates in Slavic 
7.2 Uralic Languages and the Essive 
7.3 Translative Case and the Notion of Change 
7.4 Conclusion 
Further Reading 


8 Generalizations and Conclusions 






ColecciónKey Topics in Semantics and Pragmatics
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Fecha de publicación en Infoling:24 de septiembre de 2022