Edith Aldridge

List of John Benjamins publications for which Edith Aldridge plays a role.



Topics in Theoretical Asian Linguistics: Studies in honor of John B. Whitman

Edited by Kunio Nishiyama, Hideki Kishimoto and Edith Aldridge

[Linguistik Aktuell/Linguistics Today, 250] 2018. xx, 390 pp.
Subjects Morphology | Phonetics | Syntax | Theoretical linguistics


This paper develops the proposal put forth by Aldridge (2015, 2016) for the emergence of ergative alignment in a first-order subgroup of the Austronesian family. I first provide new evidence for reconstructing Proto-Austronesian (PAn) as accusative rather than ergative. I then propose a… read more | Article
Aldridge, Edith and Yuko Yanagida 2021 Two types of alignment change in nominalizations: Austronesian and JapaneseDiachronic Dimensions of Alignment Typology, Dahl, Eystein (ed.), pp. 314–357
This paper investigates two instances of alignment change, both of which resulted from reanalysis of a nominalized embedded clause type, in which the external argument was marked with genitive case and the internal argument was focused. We show that a subject marked with genitive case in the early… read more | Article
Aldridge, Edith and Barbara Meisterernst 2018 Chapter 8. Resultative and termination: A unified analysis of Middle Chinese VP-YITopics in Theoretical Asian Linguistics: Studies in honor of John B. Whitman, Nishiyama, Kunio, Hideki Kishimoto and Edith Aldridge (eds.), pp. 157–180
This paper proposes an account of the reanalysis of the Chinese morpheme 已yǐ from an intransitive verb meaning ‘end, terminate’ into a functional category marking completive aspect. We posit that this grammaticalization was triggered by the loss of aspectual affixes, prompting YI to be… read more | Chapter
Nishiyama, Kunio, Hideki Kishimoto and Edith Aldridge 2018 IntroductionTopics in Theoretical Asian Linguistics: Studies in honor of John B. Whitman, Nishiyama, Kunio, Hideki Kishimoto and Edith Aldridge (eds.), pp. ix–xi
Aldridge, Edith 2013 Wh-clefts and verb-initial word order in Austronesian languagesCleft Structures, Hartmann, Katharina and Tonjes Veenstra (eds.), pp. 71–96
Wh-questions are formed on clefts in many Austronesian languages, a fact which is generally assumed to be related to their verb-initial basic word order. What is less clear is the precise relationship between verb-initial word order and the cleft strategy for questions. This paper proposes that the… read more | Article
Aldridge, Edith 2010 Clitic climbing in archaic Chinese: Evidence for the movement analysis of controlMovement Theory of Control, Hornstein, Norbert and Maria Polinsky (eds.), pp. 149–182
Object pronouns in archaic Chinese negated clauses were required to move out of VP and cliticize to the negator. Cliticization was gradually lost, however, beginning with clitic climbing from embedded clauses. A mysterious exception to the loss of clitic climbing was that raising remained… read more | Article
Aldridge, Edith 2010 Directionality in word-order change in Austronesian languagesContinuity and Change in Grammar, Breitbarth, Anne, Christopher Lucas, Sheila Watts and David Willis (eds.), pp. 169–180
This chapter proposes a diachronic account of VOS and SVO word-order variation in Austronesian languages. I argue that the ‘S’ argument in VOS languages is a topic which moves to an A'-position in the left periphery of the clause. Movement of the topic is followed by fronting of the remnant TP to a… read more | Article