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Title The historical source and typological position of ergativity in Eskimo languages.
Description:Ts. offprint.  Abstract: This article presents a theory free scenario for the genesis of the ergative clause in West Greenlandic and other Eskimo languages. The successive historical layers of transitive verbal morphology that obscure the original situation are analysed. The aim is to account in simple diachronic terms for the parallelism between transitive verbal inflection and possessed nominal inflections that has led  to so much theoretical controversy in the past.
Contributors Fortescue, Michael D. (author)
Type Text
Subject Language(s) Comparative Eskimo-Aleut
LingType grammatical
Files: CE980F1995d.pdf

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