The Place of Case in Grammar

Christina Sevdali (Editor), Elena Anagnostopoulou (Editor), Dionysios Mertyris (Editor)

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This book deals with the category of case and where to place it in grammar. The crux of the debate lies in how the morphological expression of grammatical function should relate to formal syntax. In the generative tradition, this issue was addressed by the influential proposal that abstract syntactic Case should be dissociated from the morphological expression of case. The chapters in this book deal with a number of key issues in the ongoing debates that have emerged from this proposal. The first part discusses the modes that we need for structural case assignment, and how Case would relate to a theory of parameters. In the second part, contributors explore the division of labour between structural and inherent case, synchronically and diachronically, while the third part investigates individual cases and how they can illuminate case theory. The chapters discuss a wide range of phenomena, including differential object marking (DOM), global case splits, prepositional genitives and other prepositional phrases, nominative infinitival subjects, nominalizations of deponent verbs, and three-place predicates. They also draw on data from a variety of languages and language families, such as Hindi, Lithuanian, Kashmiri, Kinande, Greek, Hiberno-English, Romance, and Sahapatin.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationOxford
PublisherOxford University Press (OUP)
Number of pages624
ISBN (Print)9780198865926
Publication statusPublished (in print/issue) - 6 Jun 2024

Publication series

NameOxford Studies in Theoretical Linguistics


  • Linguistics
  • Syntax
  • Morphology


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