ergative to accusative alignment

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Wed Jan 8 14:36:14 UTC 2014

Hi Raheleh,

The mechanisms I’m aware of are:

antipassive > transitive (Kartvelian)

reanalysis of topic pronouns (Proto-Daghestan)

extension of ergative marking to new contexts (Mayan, Kartvelian, Tibeto-Burman)

The first two are discussed in Harris & Campbell (1995), and the third in Dixon (1994).

Harris, Alice & Lyle Campbell. 1995. Historical syntax in cross-linguistic perspective. Cambridge University Press.

Dixon, R.M.W. 1994. Ergativity. Cambridge University Press.

very best,

Daniel W. Hieber
Graduate Student in Linguistics
University of California, Santa Barbara

Omnis habet sua dona dies. ~ Martial

From: Raheleh Izadi Far
Sent: ‎Wednesday‎, ‎January‎ ‎8‎, ‎2014 ‎4‎:‎24‎ ‎AM

Dear all,

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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