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Title: Alignment and Ergativity in New Indo-Aryan Languages
Written By: Saartje Verbeke
URL: http://www.degruyter.com/view/product/184386?format=G
Series Title: Empirical Approaches to Language Typology [EALT] 51
Description:

The volume investigates the different alignment patterns in Indo-Aryan and shows that the variation of alignment patterns in Indo-Aryan goes beyond the opposition between accusativity and ergativity. The book includes a thorough discussion of the concepts and terminology relating to alignment patterns. The study draws extensively on new language data from Indo-Aryan. It includes discussions of examples taken from Hindi, Sanskrit, Apabhramsa, Asamiya, Bangla, Oriya, the Bihari languages, Nepali, Kashmiri, Sindhi, Siraiki, Poguli, Gujarati, Punjabi, Marwari, Harauti, the Hindi varieties, and Shina. The volume offers a comprehensive overview of various alignment patterns in Indo-Aryan based on a wide range of data. By focusing on lesser known Indo-Aryan languages, the study questions the central position of Hindi-Urdu in the research on ergativity. Each language is treated in its own right, with a focus on language-specific data and analyses, rather than relying on a notional format that starts with pre-established linguistic concepts. In accordance with this methodology, much attention is paid to "indirect" connections between ergative constructions and other syntactic and semantic patterns in the various languages.

Publication Year: 2013
Publisher: De Gruyter Mouton
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Linguistic Field(s): Semantics
Syntax
Subject Language(s): Assamese
Bhojpuri
Bengali
Gujarati
Hindi
Hadothi
Kashmiri
Maithili
Magahi
Marwari
Nepali
Oriya
Punjabi
Shina
Seraiki
Sanskrit
Sindhi
Language Family(ies): Indo-European
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Format: Hardback
ISBN-13: 9783110292534
Pages: 320
Prices: Europe EURO 99.95

 
 
Format: Electronic
ISBN-13: 9783110292671
Pages: 320
Prices: Europe EURO 99.95