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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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Losing semantic alignment: from Proto‐Yeniseic to Modern Ket

Losing semantic alignment: from Proto‐Yeniseic to Modern Ket

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(p.140) 6 Losing semantic alignment: from Proto‐Yeniseic to Modern Ket
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The Typology of Semantic Alignment
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Edward J. Vajda

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199238385.003.0006

Proto-Yeniseic possessed a type of semantic alignment whereby subject and object NPs were zero marked and most undergoer subjects generated verb-internal agreement. Modern Ket exhibits a more complex system of verb-internal subject-object marking involving several different patterns which defy simple semantic classification. This chapter traces this phenomenon diachronically.

Keywords:   Ket, Yeniseic, diachrony, alignment, position class

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