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The Typology of Semantic Alignment$
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Mark Donohue and Søren Wichmann

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780199238385

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199238385.001.0001

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The emergence of active∕stative alignment in Otomi

The emergence of active∕stative alignment in Otomi

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The Typology of Semantic Alignment

Enrique L. Palancar

Oxford University Press

Otomi is an Otomanguean, Mesoamerican language whose intransitive verbs display two types of semantic alignment patterns: agent-patient and active-stative. This uncommon feature makes Otomi an interesting language typologically. This chapter advances a proposal about how the active-stative alignment emerged diachronically in the grammar of Otomi.

Keywords:   active-stative, agent-patient, diachrony, Otomi, Otomanguean

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