Modern Grammars of Case

Hardcover | June 22, 2006

byJohn M. Anderson

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This book addresses fundamental issues in linguistic theory, including the relation between formal and cognitive approaches, the autonomy of syntax, the content of universal grammar, and the value of generative and functional approaches to grammar. It focuses on the grammar of case relations,signalled by morphological case, prepositions, and word order. Part I offers a critical history of modern grammars of case, focussing on the last four decades and setting this in the context of earlier, including ancient, developments. The subjects considered include the evolution of ideasconcerning deep structure and semantic and grammatical relations, and arguments for the maintenance of the traditional central position of case in the grammar. In parts II and III Professor Anderson examines the category of case and central unresolved issues in the grammar of case. The latterinclude questions relating to the idea of an ontologically-based grammar, particularly the degree to which syntactic categories and relationships are grounded in meaning, and the notion of linguistic creativity. This involves a consideration of the way in which cases may be identified and whethertheir distribution is determined through semantics. The book sheds new light on the interactions between meaning and grammar and on the structure and development of lexical and grammatical systems. The argument and its far-reaching consequences will be of wide interest to linguists, philosophers andothers seeking to understand the workings of language.

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This book addresses fundamental issues in linguistic theory, including the relation between formal and cognitive approaches, the autonomy of syntax, the content of universal grammar, and the value of generative and functional approaches to grammar. It focuses on the grammar of case relations,signalled by morphological case, preposition...

John M. Anderson is Emeritus Professor of English Language at the University of Edinburgh where he worked successively as a lecturer (1966-76), reader (1976-88), and professor (1988-2001). He has been a visiting professor at universities in Denmark, Poland, Greece, and Spain; and given lecture series in Italy, Belgium, Austria, the fo...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:480 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 1.22 inPublished:June 22, 2006Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

1. PrologueI The Tradition2. The Classical Tradition and its Critics3. Early Case Grammar4. Case Grammar and the Demise of Deep Structure5. The Identity of Semantic RelationsPart II The Implementation of the Category of Case6. Localist Case Grammar7. The Variety of Grammatical Relations8. The Category of Case9. The Functions of FunctorsPart III Case grammar as a Notional Grammar10. Groundedness: The Typicality of Case11. Argument-Sharing I: Raising12. Argument-Sharing II: Control13. Epilogue: Case, Notionalism, Creativity, and the Lexicon