Case, Valency And Transitivity by Leonid Kulikov, Andrej Malchukov, Peter de Swart

By Leonid Kulikov, Andrej Malchukov, Peter de Swart

The 3 ideas of case, valency and transitivity belong to the main mentioned themes of recent linguistics. at the one hand, they're crucially attached with morphological points of the clause, together with case marking, individual contract and voice. nevertheless, they're with regards to a number of semantic concerns reminiscent of the which means of case, semantico-syntactic verbal sessions, and the semantic correlates of transitivity. the amount unifies papers written inside diversified theoretical frameworks and representing variegated techniques (Optimality idea, executive and Binding, a variety of models of the practical process, Cross-linguistic and Typological analyses), containing either a number of new findings in person languages and beneficial observations and generalizations regarding case, valency and transitivity.

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All these mechanisms usually work together, so that, most often, all the three factors create favourable (albeit not always sufficient) conditions for the merger of cases. In what follows I will illustrate the above-listed types of development using examples from Indo-European languages, which probably provide the richest evidence for various scenarios of the evolution, decay and collapse of case systems. Since it is impossible to enter into a discussion of the details of the reconstruction of the Proto-Indo-European declination, the reader can be referred to the standard handbooks of Indo-European comparative linguistics, such as Szemerényi (1970: 144ff.

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