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By Alexandra Y. Aikhenvald (Ed.), Robert M. W. Dixon (Ed.), Masayuki Onishi (Ed.)

In a few languages each topic is marked within the related manner, and in addition each item. yet there are languages during which a small set of verbs mark their topics or their items in an strange approach. for instance, so much verbs may perhaps mark their topic with nominative case, yet one small set of verbs could have dative topics, and one other small set can have locative matters. Verbs with noncanonically marked topics and items normally confer with physiological states or occasions, internal emotions, conception and cognition. The advent units out the theoretical parameters and defines the homes when it comes to which topics and items may be analysed. Following chapters talk about Icelandic, Bengali, Quechua, Finnish, eastern, Amele (a Papuan language), and Tariana (an Amazonian language); there's additionally a common dialogue of eu languages. this can be a pioneering examine supplying new and engaging info, and working with an issue of best theoretical significance to linguists of many persuasions.

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