Henry Smith develops a theory of syntactic case and examines its synchronic and diachronic consequences. Within a unification-based framework, he draws out pervasive patterns in the relationship between morphosyntax "linking" and grammatical function. Beginning with a detailed study of dative substitution in Icelandic, the author moves on to examine a wide array of synchronic and diachronic data and to construct a typology of case.
• Proposes original theory of syntactic case • One of the first published accounts of ‘linking theory’ • Looks at morphological case-marking and also at way in which the patterns described may change over time
Acknowledgements; 1. Introduction; 2. Argument case and case alternations; 3. A typology of case systems; 4. Linker interactions; 5. Icelandic; 6. Changes in linking; 7. Case semi-preservation; 8. Conclusions; Notes; References; Index.