Cases or Roles

  • Robert E. Longacre
Part of the Topics in Language and Linguistics book series (TLLI)


A further concern for the student of discourse is the notional structure of predications since these are, in a sense, the atomic entities of discourse. In this chapter a set of cases or roles is posited with a view toward the case frames and classification of verbs which are presented in the next chapter. Ultimately, the relation of case grammar (so-called) to discourse is best seen in the following chapter.


Surface Structure Modal Case Clause Structure Original Owner Attention Verb 
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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1996

Authors and Affiliations

  • Robert E. Longacre
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    • 2
  1. 1.Summer Institute of LinguisticsDallasUSA
  2. 2.University of Texas at ArlingtonArlingtonUSA

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