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Aspects of Split Ergativity

Jessica Coon


This book argues that aspect-based split ergativity does not mark a split in how Case is assigned, but rather, a split in sentence structure. The contexts in which we find the appearance of a nonergative pattern in an otherwise ergative language—namely, the nonperfective aspects—involve an intransitive aspectual matrix verb and a subordinated lexical verb. The book begins with an analysis of split person marking patterns in Chol, a Mayan language of southern Mexico. It argues that the appearance of split ergativity in the language follows naturally from the fact that the progressive and the im ... More

Keywords: aspect-based split ergativity, Case, nonergative pattern, nonperfective aspects, subordinated lexical verb, Chol, monoclausal, biclausality

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199858743
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199858743.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jessica Coon, author
McGill University