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Title: Differential object marking in Kannada
Authors: LIN MINGLU HANNAH
Issue Date: 16-Apr-2018
Citation: LIN MINGLU HANNAH (2018-04-16). Differential object marking in Kannada. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: Kannada possesses the accusative case-marker -na, which differentially marks direct objects based on an interaction of factors such as animacy, specificity, and syntactic position. Kannada extensively marks direct objects obligatorily, except for inanimates in their canonical positions next to the verb, which are optionally marked when specific and unmarked when nonspecific. This thesis details two different approaches that account for the patterns of Differential Object Marking (DOM) in Kannada to different extents: Pseudo-Noun Incorporation (PNI) (Baker 2014) and Optimality Theory (OT) (Aissen 2003), which are both influential frameworks in the DOM/case-marking literature. It is shown that PNI does not provide a sufficient enough analysis to account for the optionality of case-marking or the ambiguity in specificity interpretations for certain NPs. An Optimality-Theoretic account offers a more comprehensive analysis that is required to justify this optionality as well as the full range of the complex DOM patterns in Kannada.
URI: http://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/143515
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