Fwd: AW: ergative to accusative alignment

Geoffrey Haig geoffrey.haig at UNI-BAMBERG.DE
Wed Jan 8 19:40:27 UTC 2014

Dear Raheleh,

ergative to accusative is attested, and there is a vast literature 
related to it; a couple of pointers that might help:

Claims for a shift from ergative to accusative alignment for a number of 
languages of Australia are discussed in e.g. Alan Dench's paper 
"Insubordination: the accusative revolution in Australian languages" 
(available on academia.edu)

For West Iranian languages, relevant material is summed up in: Haig, G. 
2008. Alignment change in Iranian languages. A Construction Grammar 
approach. Berlin: Mouton.

For alignment changes in various directions in Indo-Aryan, see, among 
many others, Saartje Verbeke's recent monograph.

For languages of Amazonia see: Gildea / Queixalós (eds.) 2010. 
Ergativity in Amazonia. Amsterdam: Benjamins.

Best wishes

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*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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