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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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Semantic alignment systems: what's what, and what's not

Semantic alignment systems: what's what, and what's not

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The Typology of Semantic Alignment

Mark Donohue (Contributor Webpage)

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Semantic alignment involves a split in the coding of Ss according to the verb's lexical semantics, and is related to the fact that most languages have more than one way to code the arguments of bivalent predicates. Contrasts that rely on syntactic categories are not considered to represent semantic alignment.

Keywords:   quirky case, split syntax, transitivity, lexical semantics, transimpersonal constructions

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