AW: ergative to accusative alignment

Martin Kümmel mjkuemmel at WEB.DE
Wed Jan 8 13:55:16 UTC 2014

Dear colleague,


Modern Persian has accusative alignment, while Middle Persian had a kind of
split ergativity with ergative alignment in the past tense. Similar cases
may be found in other Iranian and Indo-Iranian languages that have
generalized accusative alignment.

Cf., e.g.  <>







Von: Discussion List for ALT [mailto:LINGTYP at LISTSERV.LINGUISTLIST.ORG] Im
Auftrag von Raheleh Izadi Far
Gesendet: Mittwoch, 8. Januar 2014 13:25
Betreff: ergative to accusative alignment


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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