A Note on Oblique Case: Evidence from Serbian / Croatian

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Manifestations of oblique case in Serbian/Croatian (specifically, the dative and the instrumental) present a puzzling pattern of distribution. The paper proposes an analysis for the source of the relevant case phenomena that can resolve the puzzle, rendering it a direct consequence of an independently attested property, namely, the Case Realization Condition of oblique case in the language. It also provides striking evidence regarding the nature and assigner of oblique case in general. The phenomena and their account will lead to the conclusion that contrary to appearances, and in contrast to the standard assumption, lexically governed cases can only be assigned by (overt or null) instances of the category P.


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