Generative Approaches to Ergativity

@article{Aldridge2008GenerativeAT,
  title={Generative Approaches to Ergativity},
  author={Edith Aldridge},
  journal={Language and Linguistics Compass},
  year={2008},
  volume={2},
  pages={966-995}
}
This article surveys the principal generative syntactic analyses that have been proposed for ergativity, found primarily in Inuit, Austronesian, Mayan, and Pama-Nyungan language families. The main puzzle for generative grammar is how to analyze the behavior of ergative and absolutive arguments in terms of the grammatical functions of subject and object. I show in this article that early approaches tend to treat the absolutive uniformly as a subject or an object, while later analyses move toward… CONTINUE READING
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