O-only agreement

peterarkadiev peterarkadiev at YANDEX.RU
Sat Sep 19 13:51:48 UTC 2009

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 Languages:
A study in pragmatics and linguistic typology. In M. Bertuccelli Papi and
J.Verscheuren, eds., The Pragmatic Perspective, 455-476. Amsterdam: John

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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