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Re: Core case roles

From:Andreas Johansson <and_yo@...>
Date:Wednesday, August 14, 2002, 16:18
Christophe Grandsire wrote:
> > > > What definition of an "oblique case" are you using here? The one I > > learnt is > > a "non-nominative case", which admittedly appears pretty pointless. > > > >It would mean that accusative is an "oblique" case, which is a view I've >never >even seen anywhere.
I first ran into the term in one of my school English grammars, wherein "oblique" was used of the object case of English pronouns (ie the case form examplified by _me_, _them_ etc). I think I got the abovementioned definiton of it from the same book.
>I take "oblique" as meaning "non-core", or "optional" (in >the sense that an oblique case is never to be mandatorily present to get a >grammatically correct sentence, even though it may be needed for it to be >meaningful). Of course, in the case of semantic roles, "oblique" simply >means "non-core". Theory has to provide us with the exact core roles.
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