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Introduction

Maria Polinsky

in Deconstructing Ergativity: Two Types of Ergative Languages and Their Features

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
May 2016
ISBN:
9780190256586
eISBN:
9780190256616
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190256586.003.0001
Subject:
Linguistics, Syntax and Morphology, Theoretical Linguistics

This chapter presents the overall profile of ergative languages. It develops a distinction between morphological and syntactic ergativity. Syntactic ergativity is defined as restrictions on A-bar ... More


Proposal

Maria Polinsky

in Deconstructing Ergativity: Two Types of Ergative Languages and Their Features

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
May 2016
ISBN:
9780190256586
eISBN:
9780190256616
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190256586.003.0002
Subject:
Linguistics, Syntax and Morphology, Theoretical Linguistics

This chapter outlines the core proposal concerning variation across ergative languages. I contend that ergative languages fall into two major types, DP-ergative and PP-ergative. In the former, the ... More


Taking stock

Maria Polinsky

in Deconstructing Ergativity: Two Types of Ergative Languages and Their Features

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
May 2016
ISBN:
9780190256586
eISBN:
9780190256616
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190256586.003.0012
Subject:
Linguistics, Syntax and Morphology, Theoretical Linguistics

This chapter reiterates the main idea developed in this book: in some languages, the ergative argument is a prepositional phrase, base-generated in the specifier of the transitive v. The ... More


Alignment in Eastern Neo-Aramaic dialects

Eleanor Coghill

in The Rise and Fall of Ergativity in Aramaic: Cycles of Alignment Change

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
October 2016
ISBN:
9780198723806
eISBN:
9780191791147
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198723806.003.0004
Subject:
Linguistics, Historical Linguistics, Syntax and Morphology

Chapter 4 describes in detail the various alignment patterns attested in Eastern Neo-Aramaic dialects. Firstly the dialects with only accusative alignment are presented. These show inversion of the ... More


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