ergative to accusative alignment

Nick Thieberger thien at UNIMELB.EDU.AU
Wed Jan 8 19:35:33 UTC 2014


Ngayarta languages are Accusative unlike most other Australian languages
which are Ergative, see

Dench, A.C. (1982)
'The development of an accusative case marking pattern in the Ngayarda
languages of Western Australia', pp.43-60 in Australian Journal of
Linguistics, Vol.2, no.1.

or

Dench, Alan (1991). "Panyjima". In R.M.W. Dixon and Barry J. Blake. *The
Handbook of Australian Languages, Volume 4*. Melbourne: Oxford University
Press Australia. pp. 125–244.

Nick




On 9 January 2014 00:55, Martin Kümmel <mjkuemmel at web.de> wrote:

> Dear colleague,
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> Modern Persian has accusative alignment, while Middle Persian had a kind
> of split ergativity with ergative alignment in the past tense. Similar
> cases may be found in other Iranian and Indo-Iranian languages that have
> generalized accusative alignment.
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> Cf., e.g. http://www.iranicaonline.org/articles/ergative-construction.
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> Best,
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> Martin
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> *Von:* Discussion List for ALT [mailto:LINGTYP at LISTSERV.LINGUISTLIST.ORG] *Im
> Auftrag von *Raheleh Izadi Far
> *Gesendet:* Mittwoch, 8. Januar 2014 13:25
> *An:* LINGTYP at LISTSERV.LINGUISTLIST.ORG
> *Betreff:* ergative to accusative alignment
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> Dear all,
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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
>
> kind regards,
>
> Raheleh Izadifar
>
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