The Oxford Handbook of Case

Andrej Malchukov, Andrew Spencer

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The Oxford Handbook of Case provides a comprehensive account of research on case and the morphological and syntactic phenomena associated with it. The semantic roles and grammatical relations indicated by case are fundamental to the whole system of language and have long been a central concern of descriptive and theoretical linguistics. The book opens with an synoptic overview of the main lines of research in the field, which sets out the main issues, challenges, and debates. Articles then report on the state of play in theoretical, typological, diachronic, and psycholinguistic research. They assess cross-linguistic work on case and case systems and evaluate a variety of theoretical approaches. They also examine current issues and debates from historical, areal, socio-linguistic, and psycholinguistic perspectives. The final part of the book consists of a set of overview articles of case systems representative of some of the world's major language families.

Original languageEnglish
PublisherOxford University Press
Number of pages960
ISBN (Electronic)9780191743535
ISBN (Print)9780199206476
StatePublished - Sep 18 2012


  • Case
  • Case systems
  • Cross-linguistic work
  • Descriptive linguistics
  • Grammatical relations
  • Morphological phenomena
  • Psycholinguistics
  • Semantic roles
  • Syntactic phenomena
  • Theoretical linguistics


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