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Ergativity : Cambridge Studies in Linguistics (Paperback) - R. M. W. Dixon

Ergativity

Cambridge Studies in Linguistics (Paperback)

Paperback Published: 1st August 1994
ISBN: 9780521448987
Number Of Pages: 296

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Although there is only one ergative language in Europe (Basque), perhaps one-quarter of the world's languages show ergative properties. R.M.W. Dixon here provides a full survey of the various types of ergativity, looking at the ways they interrelate, their semantic bases and their role in the organization of discourse. Comprehensive, clear, insightful, and illustrated by data from a wide variety of the world's languages, Ergativity will be the standard point of reference for all those interested in the topic.

'Long awaited ... readers will not be disappointed. I can confidently predict that Ergativity will soon be on the reading list of many a course in morphology, syntax and typology.' Functions of Language

Introduction
Syntactically-based and semantically-based marking
Intra-clausal or morphological ergativity
Types of split system
The category of 'subject'
Inter-clausal or syntactic ergativity
Language change
The rationale for ergativity
Appendix
A note on theoretical models
References
Indexes
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ISBN: 9780521448987
ISBN-10: 0521448980
Series: Cambridge Studies in Linguistics (Paperback)
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 296
Published: 1st August 1994
Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIV PR
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.37 x 15.34  x 1.96
Weight (kg): 0.48