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Deconstructing Ergativity: Two Types of Ergative Languages and Their Features

Maria Polinsky


The main purpose of the book is to advance an analysis of case and argument structure that can help to explain variation in the syntactic behavior of external arguments across languages. The focus is on properties of ergative case-marked arguments, and the book proposes an analysis of ergative arguments as prepositional phrases in some languages (but not in others), to explain variations in syntactic properties first in ergative case marking languages as compared to non-ergative ones, and second, between PP-ergative languages as compared to DP-ergative languages. The book also covers a range o ... More

Keywords: ergativity, syntax, word order, case, agreement, syntactic change, experimental syntax, lesser-studied languages

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780190256586
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190256586.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Maria Polinsky, author
Professor of Linguistics, University of Maryland, College Park