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Dianne Jonas, John Whitman, and Andrew Garrett

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199582624

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199582624.001.0001

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Antipassive in Austronesian alignment change

Antipassive in Austronesian alignment change

(p.332) 17 Antipassive in Austronesian alignment change
Grammatical Change

Edith Aldridge

Oxford University Press

This chapter proposes that an ergative language becomes split-ergative by a reanalysis of its antipassive construction as syntactically transitive. A split-ergative language then can evolve into an accusative language through the further reanalysis of transitive ergative clauses as passive. It illustrates this continuum with the ergative language Tagalog, the split-ergative languages Malagasy and Seediq, and the predominantly accusative standard Indonesian.

Keywords:   ergative language, split-ergative language, antipassive construction, accusative language, Tagalog, Malagasy, Seediq, Indonesian

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