On core case marking patterns in two Tibeto-Burman languages of Nagaland
Coupe, Alexander R.
Date of Issue2011
School of Humanities and Social Sciences
The innovative use of an oblique relational morpheme to disambiguate semantic roles or to signal the increased agency of the referent of a core argument can result in the reanalysis of a case marker that is employed in a new, purely abstract function of marking a core grammatical function. The extent to which such marking of a core argument becomes obligatory in the grammar of a language has implications for the development of case alignment patterns.
Linguistics of the Tibeto-Burman area
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