Non-structural case marking in Tibeto-Burman and artificial languages
Coupe, Alexander Robertson
Date of Issue2017
School of Humanities and Social Sciences
This paper discusses the diachronic development of non-structural case marking in Tibeto-Burman and in computer simulations of language evolution. It is shown how case marking is initially motivated by the pragmatic need to disambiguate between two core arguments, but eventually may develop flagging functions that even extend into the intransitive domain. Also, it is shown how different types of case-marking may emerge from various underlying disambiguation strategies.
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