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Title: Ergativity in Amazonia
Edited By: Spike Gildea
Francesc Queixal├│s
Series Title: Typological Studies in Language 89

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.

Publication Year: 2010
Publisher: John Benjamins
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Linguistic Field(s): Language Documentation
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Format: Electronic
ISBN-13: 9789027288509
Prices: U.S. $ 158.00
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Format: Hardback
ISBN-13: 9789027206701
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