Subjects and Universal Grammar
An Explanatory Theory
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Subjects and Universal Grammar by Yehuda N. Falk
Book DescriptionThe 'subject' of a sentence is a concept that presents great challenges to linguists. Most languages have something which looks like a subject, but subjects differ across languages in their nature and properties, making them an interesting phenomenon for those seeking linguistic universals. This pioneering volume addresses 'subject' nature from a simultaneously formal and typological perspective. Dividing the subject into two distinct grammatical functions, it shows how the nature of these functions explains their respective properties, and argues that the split in properties shown in 'ergative' languages (whereby the subject of intransitive verbs is marked as an object) results from the functions being assigned to different elements of the clause. Drawing on data from a typologically wide variety of languages, including English, Hebrew, Tagalog, Inuit and Acehnese, it explains why, even in the case of very different languages, certain core properties can be found.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521858540
(228mm x 152mm x 19mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 10-Aug-2006
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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This book examines the 'subject' of a sentence, and how it displays similarities across typologically different languages.
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Author Biography - Yehuda N. Falk
Yehuda N. Falk is Senior Lecturer in the Department of English, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
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