This book is a collection of articles dealing with various aspects of grammatical relations and argument structure in the languages of Europe and North and Central Asia (LENCA). Topics covered with respect to individual languages are: split-intransitivity (Basque), causativization (Agul), transitives and causatives (Korean and Japanese), aspectual domain and quantification (Finnish and Udmurt), head-marking principles (Athabaskan languages), and pragmatics (Eastern Khanty and Xibe). Typology of argument-structure properties of `give' (LENCA), typology of agreement systems, asymmetry in argument structure, typology of the Amdo Sprachbund, spatial realtors (Northeastern Turkic), core argument patterns (languages of Northern California), and typology of grammatical relations (LENCA) are the topics of articles based on cross-linguistic data. The broad empirical sweep and the fine-tuned theoretical analysis highlight the central role of argument structure and grammatical relations with respect to a plethora of linguistic phenomena.
1. The editors; 2. The authors; 3. Preface; 4. Introduction (by Comrie, Bernard); 5. A deceptive case of split-intransitivity in Basque (by Alcazar, Asier); 6. Some argument-structure properties of 'give' in the languages of Europe and Northern and Central Asia (by Comrie, Bernard); 7. Grammatical relations in a typology of agreement systems (by Corbett, Greville G.); 8. Causatives in Agul (by Daniel, Michael A.); 9. Continuity of information structuring strategies in Eastern Khanty: Definiteness/topicality (by Filchenko, Andrey); 10. Patterns of asymmetry in argument structure across languages: Some principles and puzzles (by Hawkins, John A.); 11. Topic marking and the construction of narrative in Xibe (by Jang, Taeho); 12. On the hierarchy of structural convergence in the Amdo Sprachbund (by Janhunen, Juha A.); 13. Pyramids of spatial relators in Northeastern Turkic and its neighbors (by Johanson, Lars); 14. What's in the head of head-marking languages? (by Kibrik, Andrej A.); 15. Transitives, causatives and passives in Korean and Japanese (by Kim, Hee-Soo); 16. Core argument patterns and deep genetic relations: Hierarchical systems in Northern California (by Mithun, Marianne); 17. Three takes on grammatical relations: A view from the languages of Europe and North and Central Asia (by Siewierska, Anna); 18. On aspect, aspectual domain and quantification in Finnish and Udmurt (by Suihkonen, Pirkko); 19. Indexes