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Ergativity, Valency and Voice

Ed. by Authier, Gilles / Haude, Katharina

Series:Empirical Approaches to Language Typology [EALT] 48


    Aims and Scope

    This volume is a collection of articles concerned with the typology of valency and valence change in a large and diversified sample of languages that display ergative alignment in their grammar. The sample of languages represented in these descriptive contributions covers most of the geographical areas and linguistic families in which ergativity has been known to exist jointly with well-developed morphological voice, and some languages belonging to families in which ergativity or voice were not previously recognized or adequately described up to now.

    Supplementary Information

    Gilles Authier, Institut des Langues Orientales, Paris, France; Katharina Haude, University of Cologne, Germany.

    "In conclusion, the book reviewed is essential reading for everyone interested
    in ergativity, voice alternations and valency-changing mechanisms. This book
    targets a very large audience: it is of interest not only to researchers
    working on ergativity, but also to undergraduates, who can learn what
    ergativity is, how it can be related to other phenomena found in different
    languages, and how one can work with understudied languages that require not
    only the interpretation of raw linguistic material, but also an accurate
    description of it."
    Adina Dragomirescu in: Linguist List 24.609

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