Areal Dimensions in Case Syncretism: Ablatives and Genitives

Noonan, Michael ; Mihas, Elena

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This paper has two broad, interlocking goals. First, it represents an initial attempt to survey the syncretistic relationships that markers of ablative and genitive relations enter into. Second, it attempts to determine if these syncretistic relationships have an areal profile. The initial interest of the authors in this problem was piqued by a statement made by Heine and Kuteva in 2002, who noted that examples of the historical development of ablatives into genitives seem to come mostly from Indo-European languages. Heine and Kuteva suggest that "more research is required on the genetic and areal distribution of this process." This paper represents a first attempt along those lines.

Document type: Article
Date: 2007
Version: Primary publication
Date Deposited: 11 Dec 2008 12:16
DDC-classification: Language, Linguistics
Controlled Keywords: Genitiv, Ablativ
Uncontrolled Keywords: Grammatik , Deklination, Grammar , Genitive , Ablative , Declension
Subject (classification): Linguistics
Series: Personen > Electronic Publications by Michael Noonan
Volume: 17