Malcolm.ross at ANU.EDU.AU
Sun Sep 20 00:20:31 UTC 2009
I think Roviana (Oceanic Austronesian) meets your criterion for O-
only agreement. See
Simon H. Corston, 1996, Ergativity in Roviana. Canberra: Pacific
Linguistics (Pacific Linguistics B-113).
Simon Corston-Oliver, 2002, Roviana. In John Lynch, Malcolm Ross &
Terry Crowley, The Oceanic languages, 467--497. Richmond UK: Curzon.
Emeritus Professor Malcolm Ross
Department of Linguistics
Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies
Building No. 9, The Australian National University
CANBERRA A.C.T. 0200, Australia
On 19/09/2009, at 11:51 PM, peterarkadiev wrote:
> Dear typologists,
> while Paul Hopper has come up with an example of A-only agreement in
> Malay (see references below), I ask a follow-up question concerning
> the mirror-image situation: are there any languages where the verb
> would agree exclusively with the transitive O (patient, undergoer,
> direct object), but neither with the transitive A nor with the
> intransitive S?
> Many thanks and best wishes,
> Peter Arkadiev
> Paul J. Hopper, 1987 Stability and change in VN/NV Alternating
> A study in pragmatics and linguistic typology. In M. Bertuccelli
> Papi and
> J.Verscheuren, eds., The Pragmatic Perspective, 455-476. Amsterdam:
> Paul J. Hopper, 1983 Ergative, passive, and active in Malay narrative
> discourse. In F. Klein-Andreu, ed., Discourse Perspectives on Syntax,
> 64-87. New York: Academic Press.
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