Featured Linguist!

Jost Gippert: Our Featured Linguist!

"Buenos dias", "buenas noches" -- this was the first words in a foreign language I heard in my life, as a three-year old boy growing up in developing post-war Western Germany, where the first gastarbeiters had arrived from Spain. Fascinated by the strange sounds, I tried to get to know some more languages, the only opportunity being TV courses of English and French -- there was no foreign language education for pre-teen school children in Germany yet in those days. Read more

Donate Now | Visit the Fund Drive Homepage

Amount Raised:


Still Needed:


Can anyone overtake Syntax in the Subfield Challenge ?

Grad School Challenge Leader: University of Washington

Publishing Partner: Cambridge University Press CUP Extra Publisher Login
amazon logo
More Info

New from Oxford University Press!


What is English? And Why Should We Care?

By: Tim William Machan

To find some answers Tim Machan explores the language's present and past, and looks ahead to its futures among the one and a half billion people who speak it. His search is fascinating and important, for definitions of English have influenced education and law in many countries and helped shape the identities of those who live in them.

New from Cambridge University Press!


Medical Writing in Early Modern English

Edited by Irma Taavitsainen and Paivi Pahta

This volume provides a new perspective on the evolution of the special language of medicine, based on the electronic corpus of Early Modern English Medical Texts, containing over two million words of medical writing from 1500 to 1700.

Summary Details

Query:   Valence changing and ergativity
Author:  Eva Monr√≥s
Submitter Email:  click here to access email
Linguistic LingField(s):   Language Documentation

Summary:   Dear all,

Three weeks ago, I sent a query on ergativity in Amazonian languages and valence changing. Below I list the bibliographical references I have received from the readers of both Linguist List and Etnolinguistica.

- Larsen, Thomas. 1984. Case marking and subjecthood in Kipe? Kirir?. BLS 10:189-205.
- Urban, Greg. 1985. Ergativity and accusativity in Shokleng (G?). IJAL, 51.164-87.
- Alves, Fl?via de Castro. 2002. Aspectos da ergatividade cindida em Ap?niekr? (J?). In Santos, Ludovico & Pontes, Ismael (editors), L?nguas J?: Estudos V?rios,
83-93. Londrina: Editora UEL.
- Costa, Raquel Guimar?es Romankevicius. 2000. Case marking in Marubo (Panoan): a diachronic approach. In Proceedings of WAIL 2000, 3-15. Santa Barbara: University
of California.
- A number of recent descriptions of Macro-J? languages have been written as PhD dissertations (including Luciana Dourado's work on Panar?, Ludoviko Santos'
on Suy?, and Mar?lia Ferreira's on Parkat?j?).
- M. Amelia Reis Silva (2003). Pronomes, Ordem e Ergatividade em Mebengokre (Kayapo?). Masther's Thesis. In http://mit.edu/ngreire/www/
- Hein van der Voort & Simo van de Kerke (2000). Indigenous languages of Lowland South America. Universitiet Leiden.
- Pilar Valenzuela ''Ergatividad escindinda en Wariapano, Yaminawa y Shipibo-Konibo'', p.111-128.
- P. Valenzuela. ''El morfema de ergatividad en el Shipibo-Conibo''. In: Luis Miranda & Amanda Orellana (eds.) Actas del II Congreso Nacional de Investigaciones Ling??stico-Filol?gicas, vol. II, p.217-245. Lima, Peru: Universidad Ricardo Palma. Facultad de Lenguas Modernas.
- Jos? ?lvarez (1998). ?Split Ergativity and Complementary Distribution of NP?s and Pronominal Affixes in Pem?n (Cariban)?. Opci?n (Revista de Ciencias Humanas y Sociales) 25:69-94, Universidad del Zulia.
- Jos? ?lvarez (2000). ?Construcciones Progresivas en Pem?n y otras Lenguas Caribes?. Opci?n (Revista de Ciencias Humanas y Sociales) 32:96-130, Universidad del Zulia.
- Guirardello, R. (1999). A Reference Grammar of Trumai. Phd Thesis.

I also was informed about the journal:
- LIAMES (Lenguas indigenas americanas).

Other suggestions: MLA and Bibliographie Linguistique.

Thank you very much to all contributors: Eduardo Ribeiro, ?ngel Corbera Mori, John E. Koontz, Andr?s P. Salanova, Jos? ?lvarez, Raquel Guirardello, Susana Sotillo.


Eva Monr?s
Universitat de Barcelona

LL Issue: 14.1836
Date Posted: 02-Jul-2003
Original Query: Read original query


Sums main page