ergative to accusative alignment

Florian Siegl florian.siegl at GMX.NET
Thu Jan 9 08:32:56 UTC 2014

A related phenomena though only partly answering the initial posting is 
attested on Kamtchatka. Chukchi and Koryak show ergative alignment, but 
not Itelmen. The Itelmen absolute case marks S as well as A and P. 
Whether the Itelmen transitive verbal agreement markers still follow 
erg-abs alignment is not settled. Itelmen is not ergative but apparently 
not very nominative-accusative either. See the relevant sections in 
Georg, Stefan & Volodin, Alexander P. 1999. Die itelmenische Sprache - 
Grammatik und Texte. Tunguso-Sibirca 5. Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz.

Best wishes,

Florian Siegl

On 9.01.2014 9:03, Don Killian wrote:
> Dear Raheleh,
> Depending on what you might be including by ergative, there's an 
> interesting article by Dimmendaal 2012 
> ( 
> in which he postulates the origins of Marked Nominative (depending on 
> who you ask, some consider this a subcategory of accusative alignment) 
> in Eastern Sudanic languages.
> Gaahmg is particularly interesting as far as diachronic developments 
> go, as it also has both passive and antipassive constructions and in 
> fact can allow for both types of markers simultaneously.  If you're 
> curious, email me and I can send you an article by Tim Stirtz.
> Best,
> Don
> On 01/08/2014 02:24 PM, Raheleh Izadi Far wrote:
>> 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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