Generative Approaches to Ergativity

  title={Generative Approaches to Ergativity},
  author={Edith Aldridge},
  journal={Language and Linguistics Compass},
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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