Semantic aspects of differential object marking
AbstractMany authors have argued that there exists a relation between case morphology, on the one hand, and semantic interpretation, on the other. A recurrent pattern is that the presence of overt case corresponds with a strong interpretation, i.e., deﬁnite, speciﬁc, whereas the absence of case corresponds with a weak interpretation, i.e., indeﬁnite, non-speciﬁc. In this paper we argue on the basis of differential object marking (DOM) data that such an across- the-board correlation between semantic interpretation and case morphology often cannot be maintained as the association between a certain case and a certain interpretation can be counteracted by the requirement of this case to occur due to the animacy of a noun. The fact that animacy takes priority over deﬁniteness and/or speciﬁcity in DOM systems can be explained by the fact that animacy, but not deﬁniteness/speciﬁcity, is an inherent feature of nouns, a feature which cannot be changed.
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de Swart, P., & de Hoop, H. (2019). Semantic aspects of differential object marking. Proceedings of Sinn Und Bedeutung, 11, 598-611. https://doi.org/10.18148/sub/2007.v11i0.667
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