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Towards an understanding of dative objects in Basque: a logistic regression analysis

Donohue, Cathryn

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Most work on case marking has focussed on the standard or 'default' case patterns, however more recent work has examined the marginal instances where non-standard cases are used to mark core grammatical relations. In this paper I investigate the use of logistic regression as a tool for validating competing analyses proposed to account for one such case pattern in Basque: transitive clauses where the object bears dative case. Several explanations for this dative marking have been proposed,...[Show more]

dc.contributor.authorDonohue, Cathryn
dc.date.accessioned2015-12-10T22:54:54Z
dc.identifier.issn1871-5656
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/59852
dc.description.abstractMost work on case marking has focussed on the standard or 'default' case patterns, however more recent work has examined the marginal instances where non-standard cases are used to mark core grammatical relations. In this paper I investigate the use of logistic regression as a tool for validating competing analyses proposed to account for one such case pattern in Basque: transitive clauses where the object bears dative case. Several explanations for this dative marking have been proposed, appealing to notions such as telicity, animacy, and the 'person' of the subject/object. To evaluate these different proposals a database of naturally occurring sentences was created from existing corpora and coded for these different possible variables. Following Bresnan et al (In: Bouma G, Kraemer I, Zwarts J (eds) Cognitive foundations of interpretation. Royal Netherlands Academy of Science, Amsterdam, 2007) and others, a logistic regression model was fit to the data using these predictor variables to ascertain the most important factors determining the use of the dative case for Basque objects.
dc.publisherSpringer
dc.sourceMorphology
dc.subjectKeywords: Basque; Case alternations; Dative object; Logistic regression
dc.titleTowards an understanding of dative objects in Basque: a logistic regression analysis
dc.typeJournal article
local.description.notesImported from ARIES
local.identifier.citationvolume21
dc.date.issued2011
local.identifier.absfor200402 - Computational Linguistics
local.identifier.ariespublicationf2965xPUB511
local.type.statusPublished Version
local.contributor.affiliationDonohue, Cathryn, College of Asia and the Pacific, ANU
local.description.embargo2037-12-31
local.bibliographicCitation.startpage487
local.bibliographicCitation.lastpage497
local.identifier.doi10.1007/s11525-010-9179-9
dc.date.updated2016-02-24T08:30:04Z
local.identifier.scopusID2-s2.0-80052023712
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