Ergativity in Inuktitut

  title={Ergativity in Inuktitut},
  author={Richard Compton},
The diachrony of morphosyntactic alignment
The survey shows that alignment type change may often occur when clauses denoting low transitivity are reanalyzed as clauses of either higher or lower syntactic valency, sometimes even introducing a partition in the verbal lexicon. Expand
Alignment shift as functional markedness reversal
It is claimed that both language groups are undergoing a parallel shift from ergative to accusative, since A-prominent constructions are functionally marked in more conservative varieties, but lose their functionally marked character and begin to function as unmarked transitive constructions in more innovative varieties. Expand
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