Case, Animacy and Semantic Roles

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Seppo Kittilä, Katja Västi, Jussi Ylikoski
John Benjamins Publishing, 2011 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 354 pages
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The chapters of this volume scrutinize the interplay of different combinations of case, animacy and semantic roles, thus contributing to our understanding of these notions in a novel way. The focus of the chapters lies on showing how animacy affects argument marking. Unlike previous studies, these chapters primarily deal with lesser studied phenomena, such as animacy effects on spatial cases and the differences between cases and adpositions in the coding of spatial relations. In addition, theoretical and diachronic issues related to case and semantic roles are also discussed; for example, what is case, how do cases develop and what are the functional differences between cases and adpositions? The chapters deal with a variety of different languages including Uralic languages, Indo-European languages, Basque, Korean and Vaeakau-Taumako. The book is appealing to anyone interested in case, animacy and/or semantic roles.
 

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Contents

Introduction to case animacy and semantic roles
1
PART I Semantic roles and animacy
27
Remarks on the coding of goal recipient and vicinal goal in European Uralic
29
A case in search of an independent life
65
PART II Semantic roles and cases vs adpositions
111
The division of labour between synonymous locative cases and adpositions
113
Is there a future for the Finnish comitative?
135
Animacy and spatial cases
155
The coding of spatial relations with human landmarks
209
A survey of the origins of directional case suffixes in European Uralic
235
PART V Theoretical issues
281
Dutch spatial case
283
Case on the margins
305
Why should beneficiaries be subjects or objects?
329
General index
349
Language index
353

Theres more than more animate
183
PART IV Diachrony and case
207

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