Sumerian as an Ergative Language, I

  title={Sumerian as an Ergative Language, I},
  author={Piotr Michałowski},
  journal={Journal of Cuneiform Studies},
  pages={86 - 103}
  • P. Michałowski
  • Published 1 April 1980
  • Linguistics
  • Journal of Cuneiform Studies
Building on the groundwork laid down by F. Thureau-Dangin, A. Poebel, A. Falkenstein, T. Jacobsen, and others, a number of scholars have in recent years expanded the understanding of the basic morphology of the Sumerian language. The first major achievement of the last two decades has been the clarification of the morphology of the aspectual system of the verb.' The second has been the recognition of the fact that the nominal case system operates on an ergative basis.2 The primary purpose of… 
Grammatische Relationen im Sumerischen
Abstract The present article discusses the foundations of Sumerian morphosyntax in the light of a strongly typological, and – in parts – cognitive perspective. The general layout of Sumerian
On the Old Babylonian Understanding of Grammar: A Reexamination of OBGT VI-X
The Old Babylonian Grammatical Texts (OBGT) in MSL IV give a detailed picture of Sumerian verbal syntax as seen through the eyes of an Old Babylonian grammarian. The picture does not necessarily
TAM Split Ergativity, Part I
  • J. Coon
  • Linguistics
    Lang. Linguistics Compass
  • 2013
It is shown that the factors which trigger split ergativity are not limited to ergative languages, but are present cross-linguistically—they are not visible in nominative-accusative systems because (by definition) there is no visible difference between transitive and intransitive subjects.


The Tenses of the Intransitive Verb in Sumerian
  • A. Poebel
  • Linguistics
    The American Journal of Semitic Languages and Literatures
  • 1934
In my Grammatical Texts (1914), as well as in my Grundziige der sumerischen Grammatik (1923), I have contended-on the basis of the inscriptional material as it had been grammatically analyzed at that
Oberk obSej teorii 6rgativosti (Outline of a General Theory of Ergativity) (Moscow, Nauka, 1973) 213ff. For a brief English summary see the review of this book by B
  • Comrie, Lingua
  • 1976
Untersuchungen zur sumerischen Grammatik: 1
  • Der Plural des Kohortativs," Zeitschrift fur Assyriologie
  • 1939
Assyriological Studies 16 73, and Edzard
  • Zeitschrift fir Assyriologie
  • 1971
The various functions of anti-passive formations have been described by
  • Proceedings of the Second Annual Meeting of the Berkeley Linguistic Society
  • 1976