volitional patients

nigel vincent nigel.vincent at MANCHESTER.AC.UK
Mon Mar 27 13:52:55 UTC 2006

The posting by Michael Smith brings to mind an excellent paper by my 
former colleague Thórhallur Eythórsson  entitled 'Changes in subject 
case-marking in Icelandic' In David W. Lightfoot (eds) Syntactic 
effects of morphological change. Oxford: OUP, 2002, pp. 196-212 in 
which he contrasts the historical spread of the dative, so-called 
Dative Sickness, and which he argues is semantically motivated, with 
Nominative Sickness which instead represents a morphosyntactically 
motivated pattern of change.

Professor Nigel Vincent
Associate Dean for Postgraduate Research, Faculty of Humanities

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