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The Typology of Semantic Alignment$
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Mark Donohue and Søren Wichmann

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780199238385

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199238385.001.0001

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Thematic roles, event structure, and argument encoding in semantically aligned languages

Thematic roles, event structure, and argument encoding in semantically aligned languages

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(p.101) 4 Thematic roles, event structure, and argument encoding in semantically aligned languages
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The Typology of Semantic Alignment
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Peter M. Arkadiev

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199238385.003.0004

This chapter surveys the semantic motivations of ‘split’ case marking of intransitive subjects in several genetically unrelated languages in terms of Dowty's proto-role entailments. It is argued that it is not the overall balance of entailments but a single entailment grammaticalized in a given language which determines case marking.

Keywords:   proto-role entailments, volitionality, affectedness, telicity, typological variation, Dowty

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