This book is a concise and accessible introduction to the ways in which relations between words in sentences are marked in languages. The author describes the systems of suffixes familiar from languages like Latin and also the roles of prepositions, postpositions and the use of the pronominal elements on verbs. This new edition incorporates expanded discussions of the key concepts, taking into consideration current developments in the field, and includes an updated section on abstract case in the Chomskyian paradigm.


About seven years have passed since I wrote the first edition of Case. Itisnowtime to review what I wrote then and to take account of recent publications in the field. This second edition incorporates a number of significant additions to the data and some revised interpretations of data. It also incorporates a number of improvements and expansions to the discussion of important concepts, taking into account current developments in the field. As in the first edition, I have paid particular attention to traditional and current notions and terminology, not just in case itself, but in the areas of word class, structure, agreement, roles and grammatical relations.

The most substantial revision has been to section 3.3, which deals with abstract case in the Chomskian paradigm. I have updated this section, not without some difficulty. The book as a whole is aimed at students and academics in general linguistics or in languages, but the Chomskian paradigm contains numerous concepts and terms peculiar to itself. Introducing too many of these notions in a short section can lead to obscurity, but introducing too few runs the risk of distortion. Moreover, different authors within the paradigm adopt different approaches and the model is forever changing. Interested readers can follow up the references given in note 4 to chapter 3.

I would like to thank Carol-El-Chaar for incorporating the new material.

Bundoora 2000 . . .

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