Network Core Mechanisms of Exponence

Hamilton, William S. (1974)

Abstract

(= Surrey 43) Case syncretism in Czech, Polish Russian and Serbo-Croatian is described. 28 patterns are identified in the contemporary languages. There is remarkable continuity between the underlying (or ancestral) system and the suface (or contemporary) system. Changes have entailed primarily (i) disambiguation of nominative-accusative syncretism by the use of the genitive for the animate accusative; (ii) changes in declension class membership, resulting tangentially in the increase or decerease of particular patterns; (iii) extension of particular syncretic patterns from one declension class to another (chiefly involving the genitive and locative). The most complex system, in terms of the number and variety of syncretic patterns, is that of Czech, the simplest is that of Serbo-Croatian.

Hamilton:1974
authorHamilton, William S.
year1974
titleDeep and surface changes in four Slavic noun systems
entrytypearticle
journalLinguistics
volume127
pages27-73

BibTeX

@article{Hamilton:1974,
    author = {Hamilton, William S.},
    year = {1974},
    title = {Deep and surface changes in four Slavic noun systems},
    journal = {Linguistics},
    volume = {127},
    pages = {27-73},
}
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