Differential object marking in Kazakh – the Dynamic Syntax approach

This paper presents a novel, Dynamic Syntax-based approach to the phenomenon of differential object marking in Kazakh, which can be extended at least to other Turkic languages displaying this phenomenon. It is demonstrated that the difference in the pragmatics associated with marked and unmarked direct objects, as well as the syntactic restrictions on the positioning of unmarked direct objects, can be elegantly and succinctly explicated through the application of the notions of fixed and unfixed nodes, without the need for proposing special syntactic positions or additional pragmatics for the accusative case.
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Year:
2021
Type of Publication:
Article
Journal:
Journal of Logic, Language and Information
Volume:
30
Number:
2
Pages:
305-329
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