Article published in:Case and Grammatical Relations: Studies in honor of Bernard Comrie
Edited by Greville G. Corbett and Michael Noonan
[Typological Studies in Language 81] 2008
► pp. 75–104
Cases, arguments, verbs in Abkhaz, Georgian and Mingrelian
A number of apparently anomalous features in the marking of arguments are examined in three contiguous languages spoken in Transcaucasia: Abkhaz from the North West Caucasian family, and Georgian and Mingrelian, two South Caucasian (or Kartvelian) languages. Among the categories examined are those of potentiality, unwilling/accidental activity, causation, (in)transitivity, and non-standard case-assignment, as well as the much debated question of whether Georgian (and, by extension, Proto-Kartvelian) is correctly described in part of its morpho-syntax as exemplifying an Ergative as opposed to an Active configuration. There are passing references to such other languages as (Indo-European) Ancient Greek, (North West Caucasian) Circassian and (Kartvelian) Svan.
Published online: 19 December 2008