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Sun Jun 06 2010

Books: Morphology/Syntax/Typology: Gildea, Queixalós (Eds)

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        1.    Paul Peranteau, Ergativity in Amazonia: Gildea, Queixalós (Eds)

Message 1: Ergativity in Amazonia: Gildea, Queixalós (Eds)
Date: 06-Jun-2010
From: Paul Peranteau <paulbenjamins.com>
Subject: Ergativity in Amazonia: Gildea, Queixalós (Eds)
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Title: Ergativity in Amazonia
Series Title: Typological Studies in Language 89
Published: 2010
Publisher: John Benjamins
                http://www.benjamins.com/

Book URL: http://www.benjamins.com/cgi-bin/t_bookview.cgi?bookid=TSL%2089

Editor: Spike Gildea
Editor: Francesc Queixalós
Electronic: ISBN: 9789027288509 Pages: Price: U.S. $ 158.00
Electronic: ISBN: 9789027288509 Pages: Price: Europe EURO 105.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9789027206701 Pages: Price: Europe EURO 105.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9789027206701 Pages: Price: U.S. $ 158.00
Abstract:

This volume presents a typological/theoretical introduction plus eight
papers about ergative alignment in 16 Amazonian languages. All are written
by linguists with years of fieldwork and comparative experience in the
region, all describe details of the synchronic systems, and several also
provide diachronic insight into the evolution of these systems. The five
papers in Part I focus on languages from four larger families with ergative
patterns primarily in morphology. The typological contribution is in
detailed consideration of unusual splits, changes in ergative patterns, and
parallels between ergative main clauses and nominalizations. The three
papers in Part II discuss genetically isolated languages. Two present
dominant ergative patterns in both morphology and syntax, the other a
syntactic inverse system that is predominantly ergative in discourse. In
each, the authors demonstrate that identification of traditional
grammatical relations is problematic. These data will figure in all future
typological and theoretical debates about grammatical relations.

Linguistic Field(s): Language Documentation
                            Morphology
                            Syntax
                            Typology
Areal Regions: Amazonian

Written In: English (eng )

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