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A Comparison of Ergativity in Uma, Padoe, and Selayarese

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Title:A Comparison of Ergativity in Uma, Padoe, and Selayarese
Authors:Jackson, Jason A.J.
Keywords:linguistics
Date Issued:01 Jan 2008
Publisher:University of Hawai'i at Mānoa Department of Linguistics
Citation:Jackson, Jason A.J. 2008. A Comparison of Ergativity in Uma, Padoe, and Selayarese. University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa Working Papers in Linguistics 39(1).
Series:University of Hawai‘I at Mānoa Working Papers in Linguistics
Abstract:Within languages that are located in Sulawesi, the use of comparative syntax has been limited primarily to subgrouping hypotheses and historical reconstruction. As a result, many interesting lines of research have not yet been explored. This paper uses comparison to investigate ergative syntactic characteristics in the grammatical systems of three widespread languages of Sulawesi—Uma, Padoe, and Selayarese. Descrip.tions of the basic syntax of clause structure for each language are provided. Overall, the comparative data suggest that ergativity and split-ergativity are reified by voice distinctions, such as active versus nonactive, and syntactic fronting.
URI:http://hdl.handle.net/10125/73221
Rights:Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial Share Alike License
Volume:2008
Appears in Collections: Working Papers in Linguistics - 2008


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