ergative to accusative alignment
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Wed Jan 8 14:36:14 UTC 2014
The mechanisms I’m aware of are:
antipassive > transitive (Kartvelian)
reanalysis of topic pronouns (Proto-Daghestan)
extension of ergative marking to new contexts (Mayan, Kartvelian, Tibeto-Burman)
The first two are discussed in Harris & Campbell (1995), and the third in Dixon (1994).
Harris, Alice & Lyle Campbell. 1995. Historical syntax in cross-linguistic perspective. Cambridge University Press.
Dixon, R.M.W. 1994. Ergativity. Cambridge University Press.
Daniel W. Hieber
Graduate Student in Linguistics
University of California, Santa Barbara
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From: Raheleh Izadi Far
Sent: Wednesday, January 8, 2014 4:24 AM
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Does anybody know about languages which have changed from ergative alignment to accusative alignment? or does anybody know about the mechanisms involved in such a change? what are the studies concerning this issue? and if there are any, are they accessible online?
Thank you very much in advance
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