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How do we characterize the thematic relations between verbs and subordinate phrases (clauses?) in languages without explicit case marking (eg English)

"Case" refers specifically to morphological systems, so it would be very confusing to use that term for languages which don't have such a system. Thematic relations/roles are the semantic ...
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Why is "I am me" not "I am I"?

Obviously, English is not Latin. There is no reason to posit or prescribe any similarity that isn't there. For the case assignment of copular verbs, you might expect nominative when you consider that ...
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Why is "I am me" not "I am I"?

Yes, it's different in English. Noun phrases in English that aren't assigned a case end up accusative by default (or "objective" if you prefer): compare when they stand alone, like "who'...
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