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What are the range and limits of ergativity? It’s a question that exercises inguists a good deal, and it’s one that this volume sets out to shed light on.
This book contains cutting edge theoretical papers by top authors in the field, who also conduct original field work and bring new data to light. It is a platform for articles that apply the most recent theoretical tools to the area of ergativity, and explore issues that emerge. These have been written by linguists with expertise in bringing original data to bear on complex theoretical issues. The overarching theme of this volume is the formal expression of the range and limits of ergativity. The main sections are on the nature of the ergative and absolutive case, the antipassive, split ergativity, and ergativity in languages not generally considered to be ergative.
Languages investigated by the authors in this work include Basque, Chukchi, Georgian, Halkomelem Salish, Hindi, Inuktitut, Kirundi, Malagasy, Niuean, Nuumiipuutímt, Russian, Tongan, and Warlpiri.
Part-I The Cases.- The Locus of Ergative Case Assignment: Evidence from Scope.- Neither Absolutive nor Ergative is Nominative or Accusative.- Eccentric Agreement and Multiple Case Checking.- Syntactic Ergativity in Tongan.- ll-Splits.- A Parametric Syntax of Aspectually Conditioned Split-Ergativity.- Split Absolutive.- Deriving Split Ergativity in the Progressive.- On 'Ergativity' in Halkomelem Salish.- Tree-Geometric Relational Hierarchies and Nuumiipuutímt (Nez Perce) Case.- lll-Antipassive.- Antipassive Morphology and Case Assignment in Inuktitut.- The Ergativity Parameter: A View from Antipassive.- Ergativity and Change in Inuktitut.- IV -The Range of Ergativity.- Ergativity in Austronesian Languages.- The Split Verb as a Source of Morphological Ergativity.