The Rise and Fall of Ergativity in Aramaic: Cycles of Alignment Change by Eleanor CoghillThe Rise and Fall of Ergativity in Aramaic: Cycles of Alignment Change by Eleanor Coghill

The Rise and Fall of Ergativity in Aramaic: Cycles of Alignment Change

byEleanor Coghill

Hardcover | September 10, 2016

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This book traces the changes in argument alignment that have taken place in Aramaic during its 3000-year documented history. Eleanor Coghill examines evidence from ancient Aramaic texts, recent dialectal documentation, and cross-linguistic parallels to provide an account of the pathways through which this alignment change took place. She argues that what became the ergative construction was originally limited mostly to verbs with an experiencer role, such as 'see' and 'hear', which could encode the experiencer with a dative. While this dative-experiencer scenario shows some formal similarities with other proposed explanations for alignment change, the data analysed in this book show that it is clearly distinct. The book draws important theoretical conclusions on the development of tense-conditioned alignment cross-linguistically, and provides a valuable basis for further research.
Title:The Rise and Fall of Ergativity in Aramaic: Cycles of Alignment ChangeFormat:HardcoverDimensions:416 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0 inPublished:September 10, 2016Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198723806

ISBN - 13:9780198723806

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