UiB : HF : LLE

The Emergence of Non-Canonical Case Marking in Indo-European (NonCanCase)

The first part of this project, IECASTP, was funded in part by the Bergen Research Foundation and in part by the University of Bergen and its Faculty of Humanities. The current part of the project NonCanCase, is funded by the Norwegian Research Council.

Project Description: Alignment and argument structure lies at the heart of all current theoretical models in linguistics, both syntactic models and research within typology. In spite of that, no large-scale comprehensive study of the historical development of case marking and argument structure has been carried out in modern times, using modern linguistic approaches and frameworks, and covering an entire language family from its first documentation until modern times. The project EVALISA aims to investigate case marking and argument structure from a historical perspective, or more precisely non-nominative case marking of subjects, focusing on its development through the history of the Indo-European languages. One of the products emerging from the project is an electronically searchable database of predicates taking non-nominative subject marking, avail-able to the research community at large, for further research on the topic. Another product is a typology of grammaticalization paths of non-nominative case marking of subjects. This is a timely enterprise given that non-nominative subject marking is extremely common in the languages of world. A third product is a methodology for reconstructing syntax and grammar, based on the tools of Construction Grammar. The theoretical framework of Construction Grammar is easily extendible to syntactic reconstruction, due to the basic status of form–meaning pairings in that model, and hence the more lexicon-like status of the grammar. This creates a natural leap for Construction Grammar from synchronic form–meaning pairings to historical reconstruction, based on form–meaning pairings. This methodology is of importance for scholars within anthropological linguistics, working on the history of oral or less-documented languages.










Jóhanna Barðdal has received an ERC Starting Grant for the project EVALISA

Workshop on Morphosyntactic Variation and Change in Germanic at the 25th Scandinavian Conference of Linguistics – May 13th–16th 2013

Brainstorming Seminar: Theory of Language Change – Dec 13th 2012

Guest talk by Na'ama Pat-El – November 30th 2012

Workshop: Modern Approaches to Historical Morphosyntax November 6th 2012

Guest talk by Matthew Whelpton – September 28th 2012







Jóhanna Barðdal, Principal Investigator
Dept. of Linguistic, Literary and Aesthetic Studies, UiB
Box 7805
NO-5020 Bergen
Phone +47-55 58 24 38
Fax +47-55 58 96 60
johanna.barddal at uib.no

    Updated May 15, 2013 by JB