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Title: Case, Referentiality and Phrase Structure
Written By: Balkız Öztürk
Series Title: Linguistik Aktuell/Linguistics Today 77

This book proposes that the two "independent" conditions on argumenthood,
namely, case and referentiality, are strongly correlated and have to be
associated with each other in syntax as syntactic features. It shows that
languages exhibit variation in the way this association is implemented in
their syntax, which presents an explanation for the differences observed in
their phrase structure in terms of (non-)configurationality. Thus, this
book not only presents an innovative overarching theory for case and
referentiality, but also aims to bring a new look at the issues of
(non-)configurationality. It specifically argues for parameterization of
functional categories associated with case and referentiality, which has
certain implications not only for the acquisition but also for the
diachronic development of functional categories. Providing rich comparative
data from typologically different languages such as Turkish, Chinese,
Hungarian, English and Japanese, this book is of particular interest to
typologists as well.

Table of contents

Preface xi

1. Introduction 1–16

2. Referentiality in Turkish 17–92

3. Case, Referentiality and Non-configurationality 93–239

4. Concluding Remarks 241–242

References 243–259

Index 261–267

Publication Year: 2005
Publisher: John Benjamins
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Linguistic Field(s): Linguistic Theories
Language Acquisition
Subject Language(s): Chinese, Mandarin
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9027228019
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: x, 268
Prices: Europe EURO 110.00
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 158811645X
ISBN-13: 9781588116451
Pages: x, 268
Prices: U.S. $ 149