[Lingtyp] Studies of discourse in ergative languages

Tasaku Tsunoda tsunoda at ninjal.ac.jp
Mon Oct 12 02:07:41 UTC 2015

Dear Colleagues,
    People on this mailing list are very kind and generous. I have received
very positive responses, and invaluable information has been flowing in. I
have started compiling a bibliography on “Ergativity in Discourse”. I will
post it in due course -- when (I think) the flow has stopped.
    I did not mention this in my initial posting, but the reason why I am
seeking this information is as follows.
    From 1971 to 1974, I recorded the Warrongo language of northeast
Australia, mainly from the last fluent speaker. In Tsunoda (2011), I
described the phonology, morphology and syntax of Warrongo as in detail as
Tsunoda, Tasaku. 2011. A grammar of Warrongo. Berlin & New York: De Gruyter
Now, I am planning to work on the discourse of Warrongo.
    From 1971 to 1972, I recorded running texts in Warrongo of 6 hours 40
minutes. At long last, in May this year (43 years since then), I finished
writing glosses, translations and notes on the texts. The total number of
the pages of the texts is about 1200.
    I think that study of Warrongo discourse will be interesting, for this
language has the ergative-absolutive case-marking at the simple-sentence
level and furthermore it has syntactic ergativity at the complex-sentence
    Again, many thanks.

Tasaku Tsunoda

From:  角田 太作 <tsunoda at ninjal.ac.jp>
Date:  2015年10月10日土曜日 19:04
To:  "Lingtyp at listserv.linguistlist.org"
<Lingtyp at listserv.linguistlist.org>, 角田 太作 <tasakutsunoda at nifty.com>
Subject:  [Lingtyp] Studies of discourse in ergative languages

Dear Colleagues,
    Would anyone please advise me of studies of discourse in ergative
     In particular, I would appreciate information on studies of discourse
in languages that have syntactic ergativity.
    Thanking you in advance,
Tasaku Tsunoda

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