The Oxford Handbook of Ergativity by Jessica CoonThe Oxford Handbook of Ergativity by Jessica Coon

The Oxford Handbook of Ergativity

EditorJessica Coon, Diane Massam, Lisa deMena Travis

Hardcover | July 15, 2017

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This volume offers theoretical and descriptive perspectives on the issues pertaining to ergativity, a grammatical patterning whereby direct objects are in some way treated like intransitive subjects, to the exclusion of transitive subjects. This pattern differs markedly fromnominative/accusative marking whereby transitive and intransitive subjects are treated as one grammatical class, to the exclusion of direct objects. While ergativity is sometimes referred to as a typological characteristic of languages, research on the phenomenon has shown that languages do not fallclearly into one category or the other and that ergative characteristics are not consistent across languages. Chapters in this volume look at approaches to ergativity within generative, typological, and functional paradigms, as well as approaches to the core morphosyntactic building blocks of an ergative construction; related constructions such as the anti-passive; related properties such as splitergativity and word order; and extensions and permutations of ergativity, including nominalizations and voice systems. The volume also includes results from experimental investigations of ergativity, a relatively new area of research. A wide variety of languages are represented, both in thetheoretical chapters and in the 16 case studies that are more descriptive in nature, attesting to both the pervasiveness and diversity of ergative patterns.
Jessica Coon is Associate Professor of Linguistics at McGill University. She finished her PhD at MIT in 2010 and then spent one year as a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard University. Jessica has worked on topics including ergativity, split ergativity, verb-initial word order, and agreement, with a special focus on Mayan languages. Her bo...
Title:The Oxford Handbook of ErgativityFormat:HardcoverDimensions:1312 pagesPublished:July 15, 2017Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

1. Jessica Coon, Diane Massam, and Lisa deMena Travis: IntroductionPART I: ACCOUNTING FOR ERGATIVITYRepresenting Ergativity2. John W. Du Bois: Ergativity in discourse and grammar3. Michelle Sheehan: Parameterizing ergativity: An inherent case approach4. Anoop Mahajan: Accusative and ergative in HindiThe Nature of Ergative Case5. Mark C. Baker and Jonathan David Bobalijk: On inherent and dependent theories of ergative case6. Julie Anne Legate: The locus of ergative case7. Itziar Laka: Ergative need not split: An exploration into the TotalErg hypothesis8. Lea Nash: The structural source of split ergativity and ergative case in GeorgianPART II: CHARACTERISTICS AND EXTENSIONSCharacteristics9. Ellen Woolford: Split ergativity in syntax and at morphological spellout10. Jessica Coon and Omer Preminger: Split ergativity is not about ergativity11. Andrej Malchukov: Ergativity and differential case marking12. Gereon Muller and Daniela Thomas: Three-way systems do not exist13. Maria Polinsky: Antipassive14. Knut Tarald Taraldsen: Remarks on the relation between case-alignment and constituent orderExtensions15. Artemis Alexiadou: Ergativity in nominalization16. Michael Yoshitaka Erlewine, Theodore Levin, and Coppe van Urk: Ergativity and Austronesian-type voice systems17. Alana Johns and Ivona Ku cerova: On the morphosyntactic reflexes of the information structure in the ergative patterning of the Inuit language18. Martina Wiltschko: Ergative constellations in the structure of speech actsPART III: APPROACHES TO ERGATIVITYDiachronic19. William McGregor: Grammaticalization of ergative case marking20. Geoffrey Haig: Deconstructing Iranian ergativity21. Edith Aldridge: Intransitivity and the development of ergative alignment22. Miriam Butt and Ashwini Deo: Developments into and out of ergativity: Indo-Aryan diachrony23. Ritsuko Kikusawa: Ergativity and language change in Austronesian languages24. Daniel Kaufman: Lexical category and alignment in AustronesianAcquisition25. Edith Bavin: The acquisition of ergativity: An overview26. Jennifer Austin: The role of defaults in the acquisition of Basque ergative and dative morphology27. Clifton Pye and Barbara Pfeiler: A comparative study of the acquisition of nominative and ergative alignment in European and Mayan languagesExperimental28. Adam Zawiszewski: Processing ergativity: Behavioral and electrophysiological evidence29. Nicholas Longenbaugh and Maria Polinsky: Experimental approaches to ergative languagesPART IV: CASE STUDIES30. Judith Aissen: Correlates of ergativity in Mayan31. Mark C. Baker: Ergative case in Burushaski: A dependent case analysis32. Ane Berro and Ricardo Etxepare: Ergativity in Basque33. Miriam Butt: Hindi/Urdu and related languages34. Richard Compton: Ergativity in Inuktitut35. Diana Forker: Ergativity in Nakh-Dagestanian36. Geoffrey Khan: Ergativity in Neo-Aramaic37. Christa Konig: Ergativity in Africa38. Shobhana Chelliah: Ergativity in Tibeto-Burman39. Mary Laughren: The ergative in Warlpiri: A case study40. Yuko Otsuka: Ergative-absolutive patterns in Tongan: An overview41. Tyler Peterson: Ergativity across Tsimshianic42. Francesc Queixalos: What being a syntactically ergative language means for Katukina-Kanamari43. Andres Salanova: Ergativity in Je languages44. Eva Schultze-Berndt: Interaction of ergativity and information structure in Jaminjung (Australia)45. Kevin Tuite: Alignment and orientation in Kartvelian (South Caucasian)