O-only agreement

Malcolm Ross Malcolm.ross at ANU.EDU.AU
Sun Sep 20 00:20:31 UTC 2009

Dear Peter,

I think Roviana (Oceanic Austronesian) meets your criterion for  O- 
only agreement. See

Simon H. Corston, 1996, Ergativity in Roviana. Canberra: Pacific  
Linguistics (Pacific Linguistics B-113).

Simon Corston-Oliver, 2002, Roviana. In John Lynch, Malcolm Ross &  
Terry Crowley, The Oceanic languages, 467--497. Richmond UK: Curzon.

- Malcolm

Emeritus Professor Malcolm Ross
Department of Linguistics
Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies
Building No. 9, The Australian National University
CANBERRA A.C.T. 0200, Australia

On 19/09/2009, at 11:51 PM, peterarkadiev wrote:

> 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
> Benjamins.
> 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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