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Deconstructing ErgativityTwo Types of Ergative Languages and Their Features$
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Maria Polinsky

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780190256586

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190256586.001.0001

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The relationship between PP-ergativity and DP-ergativity

The relationship between PP-ergativity and DP-ergativity

Phylogeny and ontogeny

(p.141) Chapter 8 The relationship between PP-ergativity and DP-ergativity
Deconstructing Ergativity

Maria Polinsky

Oxford University Press

The chapter considers possible diachronic and acquisitional connections between the PP-ergative type and the DP-ergative type. As emphasized throughout this book, each type comes with a set of correlated properties, among which the inaccessibility to A-bar movement is just one of the manifestations of the PP-ergative type. If the P head in the PP ergative expression is no longer visible, a given PP-ergative language can embark on the path to develop properties of a DP-ergative language. These properties may not all develop at the same, and potential triggers of change may also vary, including the reanalysis of a PP as a DP or the relaxation of language-specific restrictions on P-stranding or pied-piping.

Keywords:   diachrony, PP, overt P head, silent P head, p-stranding, pied-piping

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