The Evolution of Ergativity in Iranian Languages

  title={The Evolution of Ergativity in Iranian Languages},
  author={Yadgar Karimi},
  journal={Acta Linguistica Asiatica},
  • Y. Karimi
  • Published 22 May 2012
  • Linguistics
  • Acta Linguistica Asiatica
This paper presents an attempt to investigate the origins of ergativity in Iranian languages, drawing upon diachronic and synchronic analyses. In so doing, I will trace the development of the ergative structure back to Old and Middle Persian where, it is argued, the roots of ergativity lie. I will specifically show that the ergative pattern as currently obtained in the grammatical structure of some Iranian languages has evolved from a periphrastic past participle construction, the analogue of… 

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