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Books: Typology: Sands

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Message 1: The Ergative in Proto-Australian: Sands

Date: Wed, 3 Dec 2003 12:32:26 -0500 (EST)
From: lincom.europa <>
Subject: The Ergative in Proto-Australian: Sands

Title: The Ergative in Proto-Australian
Series Title: LINCOM Studies in Australian Languages 01
Publication Year: 2003
Publisher: Lincom GmbH		 
Author: Kristina Sands 

aperback: ISBN: 3895860530, Pages: 90, Price: 38.30
Since Dixon's 1980 reconstruction of the ergative case suffix in
Australian languages very little large scale comparison of the
ergative has been carried out. However, as the result of a research
project on Comparative Australian Studies (headed by R.M.W. Dixon and
affiliated with the Australian National University) the author has
carried out detailed comparative work on the ergative case suffix and
proposes some alterations to the currently accepted reconstruction. In
the first part of this study the author examines the ergative in the
Pama-Nyungan languages (those looked at by Dixon in 1980) and proposes
that the basic underlying allomorph of the ergative is -Dhu rather
than -lu, while the previously accepted form -lu is a morphologically
conditioned allomorph following nominals which are not common
nouns. In the second part of the paper KRISTINA SANDS looks at the
non-Pama-Nyungan languages, which have previously been held to not
contain ergative suffixes cognate with the Pama-Nyungan forms, and
finds reflexes of the same form -Dhu. It is thus shown that cognate
forms of the ergative are found in both Pama-Nyungan and
non-Pama-Nyungan (*-Dhu), thus helping to establish what type of
language proto-Australian was, and also providing important evidence
that the Pama-Nyungan and non-Pama-Nyungan languages are related. 2nd
printing. (also see the LINCOM webshop: Course discounts

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