Case in Africa (Oxford Linguistics) by Christa König

By Christa König

This booklet presents a typological review of the various manifestations of grammaticalized case structures in African languages. After defining and distinguishing case structures, Christa K???nig starts a radical research of case in approximately a hundred African languages and divulges a number of beneficial properties, reminiscent of tone as a marker for case and the marked-nominative approach, that are infrequent phenomena in different languages of the realm. at any place attainable, the writer takes into consideration facts from her personal colossal and extremely popular box study. The publication offers solutions to questions comparable to the subsequent: what's the courting among definiteness and case. Are case phenomena areally or genetically stimulated? Why are case differences neutralized in approximately all case languages with verb preliminary or verb medial note order? Which grammaticalizations seem with case? what's the dating among themes and nominative instances, or concentration and accusative circumstances?

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In the context of fascist Italy, immediately following the Nazi occupation, the scene of torture in Rossellini’s film featuring the Marxist Manfredi, who is tortured by the Nazis to reveal information about the partisan movement in Rome, reflects the way that victimization in the neorealist film plays upon the cultural capital and political imagination of the nation as a victimized entity. Manfredi’s torture by the Nazis, along with the Catholic Don Pietro’s death as a martyr of the resistance, plays upon the preexisting cultural image of Italy as a nation victimized by the Nazis yet resistant in Marxist and Catholic values.

Manfredi’s torture by the Nazis, along with the Catholic Don Pietro’s death as a martyr of the resistance, plays upon the preexisting cultural image of Italy as a nation victimized by the Nazis yet resistant in Marxist and Catholic values. In many ways the scene of torture in Roma Città Aperta capitalizes upon the prevailing sentiment of victimization to galvanize and codify Italian cultural values. Although victimization in Pontecorvo’s film is portrayed differently, what the two examples share is the way that preexisting expressions of cultural values become affixed to the depiction of victimization when those values are perceived to be threatened.

There is not one image that is not charged with meaning, that does not drive home into the mind the sharp end of an unforgettable moral truth, and not one that to this end is false to the ontological ambiguity of reality” (205). It is important to note that the comparison to the political slant found in the ambiguities of neorealism is not without basis since Pontecorvo’s style was greatly informed by Italian neorealist aesthetics and principles by predecessors such as De Sica, Visconti, and Rossellini.

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