AW: ergative to accusative alignment

Raheleh Izadi Far raheleh.izadifar at GMAIL.COM
Fri Jan 10 16:17:53 UTC 2014


Dear all, especially the linguists who answered my email,

thank you very much for all the comments, answers, links, references and
also articles sent to me.

best wishes,
Raheleh Izadifar , PhD student, BuAli Sina University, Iran



On Fri, Jan 10, 2014 at 2:15 AM, Felicity Meakins <f.meakins at uq.edu.au>wrote:

>   Dear Raheleh,
>
>  One mechanism might be language contact. The Gurindji ergative marker
> became a nominative marker as a result of contact with Kriol in the
> formation of Gurindji Kriol which is a mixed language. This change had an
> intermediate stage whereby Gurindji Kriol was originally an optional
> ergative language and then became a (optional) marked nominative language
> (as the ergative marker extended to subjects of transitive clauses).
>
>   Meakins, Felicity. 2009. The case of the shifty ergative marker: A
> pragmatic shift in the ergative marker in one Australian mixed language. In
> Jóhanna Barddal & Shobhana Chelliah (eds.), *The Role of Semantics and
> Pragmatics in the Development of Case.* Amsterdam: John Benjamins. 59-91.
>
> ---. to appear. From absolutely optional to only nominally ergative: The
> life cycle of the Gurindji Kriol ergative suffix. In Nino Amiridze, Peter
> Arkadiev & Francesco Gardani (eds.), *Borrowed Morphology*. Berlin:
> Mouton de Gruyter.
>
> Meakins, Felicity & Carmel O'Shannessy. 2010. Ordering arguments about:
> Word order and discourse motivations in the development and use of the
> ergative marker in two Australian mixed languages. *Lingua *120.7:
> 1693–713.
>
>  Felicity
>
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