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Modern Grammars of Case

John M. Anderson


This book is concerned with the treatment of case in modern linguistics, but from the perspective of the idea of case as it developed in preceding centuries. This idea was that case inflexions are only one means of expressing the semantic relations that arguments can bear to predicators; the latter can also be expressed analytically (by adpositions) or positionally. Such an idea was not adopted in most modern theorizing on case; case grammar has been an attempt to do so. The present book demonstrates the problems in not adopting this traditional view of case, particularly in the various develo ... More

Keywords: notionalism, localism, autonomy, universal grammar, linguistic creativity

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780199297078
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199297078.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

John M. Anderson, author