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Full Title: Patterns of Alignment in the Indo-Iranian Languages: Towards a Typology

   
Location: Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA
Start Date: 13-Jul-2013 - 14-Jul-2013
Contact: Andrew Hippisley
Meeting Email: click here to access email
Meeting URL: http://alignment.as.uky.edu/
Meeting Description: In their early history, the Iranian and Indic languages developed split-ergative alignment, independently but in parallel. The languages in both branches vary widely with respect to both (a) their degree of reversion to accusative alignment and (b) the trajectories that they have followed in this reversion. The objectives of this workshop is to establish a typology of paths from split ergativity to full accusativity and to identify parallels and contrasts between Indic and Iranian languages.
Linguistic Subfield: General Linguistics; Historical Linguistics; Typology
Subject Language Family: Indo-Iranian
LL Issue: 24.2117


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