A typological study of the rare marked-S language type which overtly marks the single argument of intransitive verbs (S) while one of the arguments of transitive verbs (either A or P) is left zero-coded. The formal (overt versus zero-coding) as well as functional aspects (range of uses of individual case forms) of the phenomenon are treated. The book covers languages from the Afro-Asiatic and Nilo-Saharan languages of Africa and of the North America Pacific Northwest and Pacific regions.
Corinna Handschuh (1981) studied Linguistics, Sociology and Media Studies in Düsseldorf. Afterwards she worked at the MPI for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig on a typological study of Marked-S languages and received a PhD from Leipzig University. She is currently teaching linguistics in Regensburg. Her research interests include the typology of grammatical relations and the interaction of their formal encoding with other domains of grammar.