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Subtitle (English):The case of directional-ablative syncretism in the Ardeşen-variety of Laz (South-Caucasian)
  • This paper deals with morphosyntactic and semantic characteristics of the spatial case called motative in the Ardeşen-variety of Laz. The motative can be used to mark the ground-nominal in allative as well as in ablative spatial expressions, while the ground-nominal in static spatial expressions is unmarked for case. Hence, the motative case shows a conflation of the allative with ablative spatial semantics, while at the same time excluding locative spatial meaning. Given that this kind of syncretism has been claimed to be non-existent, the findings for Ardeşen-Laz are of special relevance for the refinement of the typology on spatial case-systems.

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Author:Silvia Kutscher
Parent Title (English):Language Typology and Universals = Sprachtypologie und Universalienforschung (STUF)
Document Type:Article
Year of first Publication:2010
Date of Publication (online):2015/01/21
Tag:Source/goal assymetry; South Caucasian; Space in language; Spatial cases; case syncretism
GND Keyword:Lasisch; Morphosyntax; Raum; Semantik; Südkaukasische Sprachen; Zeit
First Page:252
Last Page:271
Dewey Decimal Classification:400 Sprache / 490 Andere Sprachen / 491 Ostindoeuropäische und keltische Sprachen
Open Access?:Ja
Licence (German):Es gilt das UrhG