Case in Africa (Oxford Linguistics) by Christa König

By Christa König

This ebook presents a typological review of the several manifestations of grammaticalized case structures in African languages. After defining and distinguishing case platforms, Christa K???nig starts an intensive research of case in approximately a hundred African languages and divulges a number of beneficial properties, corresponding to tone as a marker for case and the marked-nominative procedure, that are infrequent phenomena in different languages of the area. anywhere attainable, the writer takes under consideration facts from her personal huge and very hot box study. The booklet presents solutions to questions equivalent to the next: what's the courting among definiteness and case. Are case phenomena areally or genetically inspired? Why are case differences neutralized in approximately all case languages with verb preliminary or verb medial observe order? Which grammaticalizations look with case? what's the dating among themes and nominative situations, or concentration and accusative situations?

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Marx examines civil society and sees it as a valley of tears and shadows, and the tossing of man into a cauldron of selfishness where each individual struggles against others to meet material needs. : 20). Marx anatomized civil society within the framework of his philosophy of history – historical materialism. For him, the historical process consisted of a series of epochs, each defined by its dominant mode of production. The 21 22 Classical foundations mode of production coincided with (what we would call) economic life and played a crucial role in defining human existence: This mode of production must not be considered simply as being the reproduction of the physical existence of the individuals.

The continued growth of the productive forces was contingent upon the surfacing of new relations, which evolved in the bosom of the old society but only became dominant as a consequence of a revolutionary transformation. Marx viewed the interaction between the forces and the relations as taking place in all historical epochs. Yet his understanding of their dynamic relationship was founded on a specific case – the transition from feudalism to capitalism. The revolutions in seventeenth-century England and eighteenth-century France constituted the pivotal upheavals that broke the back of feudal society and ushered in the bourgeois capitalist era.

61). Classes, he claimed, were defined according to their ability (or inability) to control three aspects of the labor process: capital, the physical means of production, and the labor power of others. These criteria yielded six classes. The bourgeoisie controlled all three aspects of the labor process and the working class none of them. The petty bourgeoisie controlled their own means of production but not the labor power of others. Three other intermediate class strata inhabited “contradictory” class locations between these three traditional ones.

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