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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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Agreement in two Arawak languages: Baure and Kurripako

Agreement in two Arawak languages: Baure and Kurripako

(p.396) 16 Agreement in two Arawak languages: Baure and Kurripako
The Typology of Semantic Alignment

Swintha Danielsen

Tania Granadillo

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses the agreement systems of two genetically and geographically disparate Arawak languages, Kurripako and Baure. While Kurripako exhibits semantic alignment, the differential treatment of Baure intransitive subjects relates to parts of speech. It is hypothesized, however, that the Baure system developed from one similar to that of Kurripako.

Keywords:   Arawak, nonverbal predicates, diachrony, active-stative, accusative alignment

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