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Claire Halpert

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780190256470

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190256470.001.0001

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Case Morphology in Zulu and Beyond

Case Morphology in Zulu and Beyond

(p.178) Chapter 5 Case Morphology in Zulu and Beyond
Argument Licensing and Agreement

Claire Halpert

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the relationship between nominal morphology and structural case in the cross-linguistic typology of case patterns. It addresses the fact that augmented nominals in Zulu appear to not require structural case and suggests that is a new kind of inherent case-one that can locally license nominals but still permits agreement. The chapter argues that this type of case is a natural result of the parameters that seem to distinguish between case types in languages like Icelandic, where we find three types of case distinguished by two properties-ability to locally license and ability to agree-but not the forth type that Zulu has which both licenses and agrees. This chapter proposes that Zulu in fact has all four of these types of case and introduces various oblique nominal morphology to illustrate the full typology.

Keywords:   structural case, morphological case, oblique case, Zulu, Icelandic

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