Network Core Mechanisms of Exponence

Comrie, Bernard (1986)


(= Surrey 29) Case is seen from two vantage points: "distributional case" refers to a syntactic context where, among the set of all nouns, distinct morphological behavior is found; thus even if only one noun shows a distinct form in a particular context, we say that context calls for a distinct distributional case. "Formal case" refers to distinct forms, each of which may map onto multiple distributional cases. It is assumed that those distributional cases which can be represented by a single formal case are united by shared features. Examples from Russian, Latin Latvian and Dyirbal.

authorComrie, Bernard
titleOn delimiting cases
editorBrecht, Richard D. and Levine, James S.
booktitleCase in Slavic
addressColumbus, Ohio


    author = {Comrie, Bernard},
    year = {1986},
    title = {On delimiting cases},
    booktitle = {Case in Slavic},
    editor = {Brecht, Richard D. and Levine, James S.},
    address = {Columbus, Ohio},
    publisher = {Slavica},
    pages = {86–106},
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