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A Contrastive Study of Case in English and Malayalam

Proposals for a Theory of Nuclear Case Relations


Skaria C. Philipose

Case Grammar has revived the study of the basic semantic-syntactic relationships between a verb and its complements in a sentence, first pursued by Panini, the ancient Indian grammarian, in his Karaka theory. The present work critically examines the Indian and Western contributions to the grammar of case and attempts a contrast between English and Malayalam, a Dravidian language, proposing a theory of Nuclear Case Relations which has Universal Applications.
Contents: Nuclear Case Relations - Theme, Cause and Location - are mapped on to Nuclear Grammatical Relations incorporating the principle of verbvalency and emphasizing case functions above case forms.