Grammatical Relations in Ergative Languages
Two of the most important issues in the discussion of ergativity concern the pattern of syntactic organization and notion of subject in ergative languages. A number of scholars have claimed that most morphologically ergative languages are in fact syntactically accusative. Data from four ergative languages (Archi, Enga, Jacaltec and Dyirbal) are examined with regard to these two questions. It is found that each of these languages differs from the others both in syntactic organization and notion of subject, and these facts call into question recent claims about the syntax of ergative languages.
Published online: 01 January 1981
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2005. Configurationality in the Languages of New Guinea* * I wish to acknowledge the contributions of many conversations with Bill Foley and Jane Simpson about matters discussed in the following article, made possible by the research environment provided by the University of Sydney. Further, two patient AJL reviewers have improved the clarity of this article immensely, a host of patient grammar-writers have both unknowingly and knowingly supplied data, and several classes of sometimes patient students in several continents who have seen these ideas tried out and refined, and our Lani friends in Australia and Papua, especially Indep Wanimbo deserve thanks for their patience. The usual disclaimers apply.. Australian Journal of Linguistics 25:2 ► pp. 181 ff.
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