Ideal in introductory courses dealing with grammatical structure and linguistic analysis, Introduction to Typology overviews the major grammatical categories and constructions in the world's languages. Framed in a typological perspective, the constant concern of this primary text is to underscore the similarities and differences which underlie the vast array of human languages.
Chapter 9: Case and Agreement Systems
Case and Agreement Systems
The notions of case and agreement have played a role in many of the discussions in previous chapters. However, there has not been much said about how these systems operate in language or how complicated they may get. In this chapter, I discuss such issues in more depth. In the first section, the interaction of case and agreement is examined. In Section 2.0, the question of just how much case and agreement is found in languages is addressed. To keep the discussion to a manageable size, I restrict attention to agreement between verbs and noun phrases and the role of case at the clause level.
Marking of Grammatical Relations
It has been pointed out several times in previous chapters ...