Accusative sickness? A brief epidemic in the history of German

Tonya Kim Dewey, Stephen M Carey

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    Germanic languages that retain case marking and oblique subjects may undergo a change in argument structure over time. Nominative Sickness in Germanic has been demonstrated by Eythórsson (2002) and Barodal (2009, 2011) for verbal arguments in which obliques are replaced with the nominative. Additionally, formerly accusative subjects become dative, a process widely referred to as Dative Sickness or Dative Substitution in the international literature. Dative Sickness is found across the development of several Germanic Languages (Barodal 2011; Dunn et al. 2017). However, a change in case marking from a dative subject to an accusative subject is not well attested. The following examination explores instances in which Dative Subject Constructions in Old High German experience Accusative Sickness in Middle High German. That is, they start occurring with an accusative argument instead of the earlier, historically correct, dative.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Title of host publicationNon-Canonically Case-Marked Subjects
    Subtitle of host publicationThe Reykjavik-Eyjafjallajokull Papers
    EditorsJohanna Barddal, Stephen Mark Carey, Na'ama Pat-El
    PublisherJohn Benjamins Publishing Company
    Pages213-237
    Number of pages25
    ISBN (Print)9789027201478
    DOIs
    StatePublished - Jan 1 2018

    Publication series

    NameStudies in Language Companion Series
    Volume200
    ISSN (Print)0165-7763

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    Dewey, T. K., & Carey, S. M. (2018). Accusative sickness? A brief epidemic in the history of German. In J. Barddal, S. M. Carey, & N. Pat-El (Eds.), Non-Canonically Case-Marked Subjects: The Reykjavik-Eyjafjallajokull Papers (pp. 213-237). (Studies in Language Companion Series; Vol. 200). John Benjamins Publishing Company. https://doi.org/10.1075/slcs.200.09dew

    Accusative sickness? A brief epidemic in the history of German. / Dewey, Tonya Kim; Carey, Stephen M.

    Non-Canonically Case-Marked Subjects: The Reykjavik-Eyjafjallajokull Papers. ed. / Johanna Barddal; Stephen Mark Carey; Na'ama Pat-El. John Benjamins Publishing Company, 2018. p. 213-237 (Studies in Language Companion Series; Vol. 200).

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    Dewey, TK & Carey, SM 2018, Accusative sickness? A brief epidemic in the history of German. in J Barddal, SM Carey & N Pat-El (eds), Non-Canonically Case-Marked Subjects: The Reykjavik-Eyjafjallajokull Papers. Studies in Language Companion Series, vol. 200, John Benjamins Publishing Company, pp. 213-237. https://doi.org/10.1075/slcs.200.09dew
    Dewey TK, Carey SM. Accusative sickness? A brief epidemic in the history of German. In Barddal J, Carey SM, Pat-El N, editors, Non-Canonically Case-Marked Subjects: The Reykjavik-Eyjafjallajokull Papers. John Benjamins Publishing Company. 2018. p. 213-237. (Studies in Language Companion Series). https://doi.org/10.1075/slcs.200.09dew
    Dewey, Tonya Kim ; Carey, Stephen M. / Accusative sickness? A brief epidemic in the history of German. Non-Canonically Case-Marked Subjects: The Reykjavik-Eyjafjallajokull Papers. editor / Johanna Barddal ; Stephen Mark Carey ; Na'ama Pat-El. John Benjamins Publishing Company, 2018. pp. 213-237 (Studies in Language Companion Series).
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