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Re: THEORY: "Quirky" Case -- "Quirky" Subjects and "Quirky" Objects

From:Markus Miekk-oja <m13kk0@...>
Date:Friday, July 29, 2005, 13:41
>2b) What language holds the record for most cases the Object can have? >What is the record? > >> > >Same answers (except the Latin part, though it might still be true). > >There's never a one-to-one mapping between morphological case >and semantic roles in natural languages. For that reason, one can >think of an argument for any case being assigned to any semantic >role. I'm sure if you think one up, a language does it. It all depends >on what's being focused on.
There also is a significant ammount of languages where there's not a one-to-one mapping between morphological and syntactical case: some languages allow coordination of verbs that take non-nominative with verbs that don't Reflexive pronouns in languages where reflexives only can refer to subjects ("syntactically nominative") are surprisingly likely to also refer to non-nominative subjects. Subject omission in coordinated sentences like 'I like porridge and hate chips' can happen in many languages even if like takes a dative subject and hate takes a nominative, or accusative one. I<1>.dat like porridge.nom and Ø<1>.acc hate chips.obl -- Miekko _________________________________________________________________ Don't just search. Find. Check out the new MSN Search!


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