Mapping meanings to argument structure: The semantics of Samoan case
James N. Collins
February 2020

The phenomenon of morphological case marking sits at the intersection of several domains of grammar. This paper's focus is the interaction between morphological case marking (or m-case) and lexical semantics. Why do certain m-cases seem to systematically signal a consistent sort of thematic role (e.g., agent, goal, instrument)? In providing an answer to this question, we can shed light on the tension between the structural and semantic factors which determine m-case.
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Reference: lingbuzz/005024
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keywords: case, lexical semantics, syntax-semantics interface, optimality theory, verb semantics, samoan, polynesian, austronesian, affectedness, thematic roles, semantics, syntax
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