A Comparison of Ergativity in Uma, Padoe, and Selayarese

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2008-01-01
Authors
Jackson, Jason A.J.
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University of Hawai'i at Mānoa Department of 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.
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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).
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